During the fifth date of the SuperBike Brasil, one of the competitors fought against the contentions and lost his life.
The tragedy returned to invade South American motorcycling. Matheus Barbosa lost his life after being involved in a very serious accident during the SBK Pro category race at the Interlagos circuit, the scene of the fifth round of the 2020 SuperBike Brazil season.
With ten laps remaining for the checkered flag, Barbosa lost control of his Suzuki in the traffic of the Junção curve, continued along the escape route and hit the safety containments, which had a structure behind them. metallic.
The category issued a statement with the unfortunate news and gave details of the incident that cost the 23-year-old his life. “With immense sadness, the SuperBike Brazil reports the death of the pilot Matheus Barbosa in the SBK Pro category race valid for the 5th Stage of the 2020 Championship, held this Sunday (11/11) at the Interlagos Circuit”, I express the information in the first instance.
And I add: “The accident occurred on the Junção curve, a section with escape zones and no history of serious accidents. Matheus was treated by the closest medical team in less than 60 seconds. Still, despite all his efforts, he sadly could not resist his injuries. The causes of the accident are still unknown and are being investigated by the competent authorities ”.
“Out of respect for our dear Matheus, and especially the family, all activities for the day were immediately ended, the remaining races were canceled and the race in which the accident occurred was immediately interrupted by a red flag”he continued.
From 2015 to date, Barbosa is the sixth rider to die in Brazilian motorcycling. In addition, it is the first since the division made changes regarding safety after suffering the losses of Mauricio Paludete and Daniel Berto last year at this same circuit.
It is also the fifth death that occurs in a competition held in Interlagos. The track that usually receives Formula 1 has been in the spotlight for a long time due to its poor conditions for the practice of the specialty.
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