Moto2 rider Luis Salom died on Friday (3 June) after crashing during a practice session ahead of this weekend's Catalunya Grand Prix. The 24-year-old Spaniard was immediately taken to hospital to undergo surgery following the incident, but Moto2 organisers have now confirmed his death.
Salom crashed at Turn 12 of the Montemelo circuit during the second free practice session in his homeland. The rider hit the protection barriers after losing control of his bike.
The Spaniard was knocked unconscious and received medical treatment at the circuit before being taken to the Hospital General de Catalunya. He underwent surgery but died soon afterwards.
The World Championship organisers have confirmed the tragic news in an official statement.
"Following an incident during today's Moto2 Free Practice 2 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, it is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Luis Salom (SAG Team)," the statement said. "The session was red flagged with just under 25 minutes remaining after the Spanish rider fell at Turn 12.
"Two medical cars and then two ambulances were immediately on scene to treat the 24-year-old and the medical helicopter was also deployed to assist in his treatment.
"Due the severity of his condition, the decision was taken to transfer Salom by road to the nearby Hospital General de Catalunya. On arrival, he underwent surgery, but despite the best efforts of the trauma team, he passed away at 4.55pm local time."
Salom had been a professional since making his World Championship debut at Jerez in 2009 in the 125cc category, finishing in second position in the 2012 Moto3 World Championship.