Brazil. Nine-year-old motorcycle rider dies in crash at Interlagos circuit

Brazil. Nine-year-old motorcycle rider dies in crash at Interlagos circuit
Brazil. Nine-year-old motorcycle rider dies in crash at Interlagos circuit

A nine-year-old Argentine motorcycle rider died in an accident during a test session on the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo (Brazil), the organizers of the competition in which he was to participate announced on Tuesday June 18, 2024. .

The accident occurred on Friday during the first free practice session of the fourth round of the Honda Junior SuperBike Brazil Cup. The child was admitted to hospital after a fall on the circuit which regularly hosts Formula 1 races.

“SuperBike Brasil announces, with great sadness and regret, the death of rider Lorenzo Somaschini on Monday”said the organizers in a press release. “The entire SuperBike Brasil team is dismayed and expresses its sincere condolences to Lorenzo’s family and friends”it is added.

Competition from 8 to 16 years old

His trainer, former runner Diego Pierluigi, said goodbye to him by posting a message on social networks: “It is with a broken heart and soul that I must say goodbye to you. I will miss you very much, Lolito”.

Diego Pierluigi told Argentine media that the accident “was a misfortune in which the factors aligned to happen” because the child “had a fall at low speed in the slowest curve of the circuit”.

The Honda Junior Cup brings together riders aged 8 to 16 on adapted 160 cc motorcycles, whose pedals and handlebars have been modified according to the size of each child, and which can reach speeds of one hundred km/hour .

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