Matheus Barbosa dead at 23, crash, Interlagos, Brazil

Matheus Barbosa dead at 23, crash, Interlagos, Brazil
Matheus Barbosa dead at 23, crash, Interlagos, Brazil

Superbike star Matheus Barbosa has died after losing control of his motorcycle during a race in Brazil.

The 23-year-old was filmed with difficulty in a corner before straying off the track and crashing into a metal barrier.

The tragedy occurred on the famous Interlagos circuit on the outskirts of Sao Paulo during a Superbike Brazil event.

Kawasaki rider Barbosa, who was fourth in the race when he lost control of his bike, died on the scene despite emergency medical care.

The event was suspended 10 laps before the tragedy.

A Superbike Brazil spokesman said: “The next medical team reached Matheus in less than 60 seconds, but despite their best efforts, he succumbed to critical injuries.

“The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

“Out of respect for Matheus and especially his family, the activities for the rest of the day were canceled immediately.”

In a statement he added: “The competition was held with all the necessary safety conditions set by the relevant authorities.

“The priority of the organization is currently to fully support the family of Matheus.”

It is the third death on the track where the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix takes place in the last two years. In April 2019, another superbike motorcyclist, Mauricio Paludete, died in an accident on the racetrack.

The following month, Interlagos was the scene of yet another tragedy when Danilo Berto was killed in an accident.

Motorcycle fan Claudio Legnani wrote on Twitter: “Today Matheus Barbosa lost his life on Interlagos.

“In 2019, two more pilots died on the same route and then the authorities said the security measures were appropriate.”

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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