Dutch motorcyclist Victor Steeman has died as a result of a race in Portugal, the sport’s governing body, the Federacion Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), announced on Tuesday. he was 22
Steeman was competing in the Supersport 300 World Championship in Portugal at the weekend when he was involved in a crash at Turn 14 of the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, the FIM statement said.
The Kawasaki rider received immediate medical attention at trackside and at the circuit medical center before being helicoptered to the Faro Hostpital, according to the FIM.
Steeman later died from his injuries.
“Something that has always dreaded being a parent to a motorcycle racer has now happened,” said Steeman’s family in a statement shared with the FIM. “Our Victor couldn’t win that last race.
“Despite the unbearable loss and sadness, we are very proud to announce that our hero’s death saved 5 more 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 very much.”
After four wins and five podiums this season, Steeman had a chance to take the WorldSSP300 Championship ahead of Spaniard Alvaro Diaz in Portugal.
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“We are deeply saddened to report the loss of WorldSSP300 rider Victor Steeman,” wrote the World Superbike Championship on social media.
“The WorldSBK family wants to send all our love to his family, team and loved ones. A great personality, a passionate racer and a legacy that will forever be etched in our paddock.”
Steeman’s death comes less than a week after British Superbike rider Chrissy Rouse died on October 6 as a result of a crash at Donington Park in England four days earlier.