Sad news has hit the motorcycling world as Dutch rider Victor Steeman has passed away at the age of 22 after sustaining fatal injuries over the weekend. Steeman had a serious accident during the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship race in Portugal's Algarve.
In Saturday's race at the Algarve circuit, a 22-year-old Kawasaki racer crashed with another rider and was airlifted to Faro's hospital by helicopter after crashing with another rider. 'Despite the best efforts of the circuit's medical staff, marshals and hospital staff, Steeman has sadly succumbed to his injuries,' World Superbikes said.
He died last night from his injuries after fighting for his life for two days.
The sad news was confirmed this morning on the official website of the World Superbike Championship. A number of famous motorcyclists are paying tribute to Victor Steeman, whose death shook the world of sports, on social networks.
Steeman was involved in an accident with other drivers during the race in the Algarve. The other participants in the accident, fortunately, passed without serious consequences.
A statement from his family read:
'Something you have always been afraid of as a parent of a motorcycle racer has now happened.
Our Victor could not win this last race. 'Despite the unbearable loss and grief, we are extremely proud to share with you that our hero, through his passing, was able to save five other people by donating his organs. 'We would like to thank everyone for the way you have lived with us over the past few days.
We will miss our Victor enormously.'
WorldSBK wrote on social media:
'We're deeply saddened to report the loss of WorldSSP300 rider Victor Steeman. 'The WorldSBK family would like to send all our love to his family, team and loved ones.
A great personality, a fierce racer and a legacy left embedded in our paddock forever. Ride in Peace, Victor.' The news comes less than seven days after British driver Chrissy Rouse died following a crash at Donington Park.