Moto2 Rider Luis Salom Dies in Free Practice Crash

Racing to continue under revised layout and schedule.

Moto2 rider Luis Salom in action
Rider #39, Luis Salom, passed away after a crash during Moto2 free practice 2 in Catalunya.Moto GP

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 session was red flagged with just under 25 minutes remaining after the Spanish rider fell at turn 12.

Luis Salom Portrait
Luis Salom had the 9th fastest lap during Moto2 free practice 2 at Catalunya, before crashing in turn 12.Moto GP

Two medical cars followed by two ambulances were immediately on scene to treat the 24-year-old, who was in cardiac arrest when they arrived. 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 4:55 pm local time.

Ambulance and helicopter at Luis Salom crash scene
Despite the helicopter landing at turn 12, Salom was transported via ambulance to the nearby Hospital General de Catalunya.Moto GP

Salom made his World Championship debut at Jerez in 2009 in the 125cc category. He finished on the podium in 25 races, including nine victories in the Moto3 World Championship. He finished the 2012 Moto3 World Championship in second position in the standings and a year later was third overall after battling with Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins down to the final round in Valencia.

Luis Salom Moto2 rider wheelie
Luis Salom made his World Championship debut in 2009 in the 125cc category, where he finished on the podium in 25 races.Moto GP

He also finished on the podium three times in 41 appearances in the Moto2 World Championship, including a second place pace in the opening round of 2016 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

As agreed with Salom's family, the riders, teams and the Safety Commission, the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya will continue with a revised track layout and schedule.

The FIM, Dorna, IRTA, RFME and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya wishes to pass on its condolences to the family, friends and team of Salom.