The worst happens at the Circuit de Catalunya and Luis Salom is gone

Sharon Wong
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Just as everyone thought the worst that could happen was a failed engine or an embarrassing collision, the far more costly, traumatising loss of Luis Salom has stricken the MotoGP world and everyone’s reeling from it.

It was at Turn 12 during a practice session that the 24-year old met his untimely end. He crashed into the security wall and was hurled into the air from the impact. Two ambulances, two medical cars and a helicopter rushed onto the scene, trying desperately to revive him and forcing a 24-minute break. He was taken to the Hospital General de Catalunya by road. The trauma team worked tirelessly to save the severely wounded Salom, but he succumbed to his injuries anyway at 16:55 local time.

MONTMELO, SPAIN - JUNE 03: The medical staff help Luis Salom of Spain and SAG Team after the crashed out during the free practice during the MotoGp of Catalunya - Free Practice at Circuit de Catalunya on June 3, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
MONTMELO, SPAIN – JUNE 03: The medical staff help Luis Salom of Spain and SAG Team after the crashed out during the free practice during the MotoGp of Catalunya – Free Practice at Circuit de Catalunya on June 3, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Those who’d been observing noted that Salom’s mistake was not making the turn and veering away from it without being able to brake. Being out-of-control and disoriented proved fatal for him as he hit the security wall at full momentum and rolled off his vehicle, losing his pulse upon impact.

“It was out on my lap, I saw that he had been closed in front at the beginning and there wasn’t much space, all asphalt, it was difficult to slow down and I saw that he went into the fence and I had to make the curve and I didn’t see much more.”

Miguel Oliveira

Salom was a member of the SAG team who had quite the illustrious career in the Moto2 Championship, finishing second in 2012 and thirs in 2013. He’s had 25 podium finishes at Moto3 and moved up a grade to Moto2 in 2013. He’d just made it second in the race in Qatar before he pulled out of Mugello. It’s too bad the race he made it to after that turned out to be his last.

Our condolences to his family and loved ones, and to all the MotoGP drivers who have to get on with the race despite the horrible pall now cast over it by this tragedy.

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