World Superbikes ace Victor Steeman, 22, dies following horror multi-rider crash during championship race in Portugal as the tributes pour in for the Dutch ‘hero’ and ‘fierce rider’
- World Superbikes ace Victor Steeman has died of injuries from a horror crash
- The 22-year-old Kawasaki racer crashed with another rider on the weekend
- Steeman’s family have revealed that the youngster has donated his organs
- Tributes have poured in for the Dutch racer after the tragic news from Portugal
Dutch World Supersport 300 motorcycle rider Victor Steeman has died of injuries suffered in a crash in Portugal at the weekend, World Superbikes said.
The 22-year-old Kawasaki racer crashed with another rider in Saturday’s race at the Algarve circuit and was taken by helicopter to hospital in Faro.
‘Despite the best efforts of the circuit’s medical staff, marshals and hospital staff, Steeman has sadly succumbed to his injuries,’ World Superbikes said.
Steeman started the Portuguese round of the championship with a mathematical chance of taking the title after four wins this season.
His family said he had been able to save five other people by donating his organs.
Steeman’s death comes less than a week after British Superbikes rider Chrissy Rouse, 26, died of head injuries after being struck by another rider in a race at England’s Donington Park circuit.
Superbikes ace Victor Steeman (pictured) has died of injuries suffered in a crash in Portugal
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.’
Tributes has poured in for Steeman following the tragic news after a horror crash in Portugal
Steeman was in the midst of a brilliant campaign, picking up four wins and five podiums.
Tributes has since poured in for Steeman following the news of his passing yesterday.
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.’
MotoGP added: ‘It’s with great sadness that we have learned about the passing of WorldSSP 300 rider Victor Steeman.
‘All within the MotoGP family send our condolences to the family, friends and team of Victor at this difficult time.
‘Ride in Peace, Victor.’
Rider Glenn Irwin wrote: ‘Rest in peace Victor Steeman. Taken way too soon.’
Iker Lecuona added: ‘My deepest condolences to the family, friends and acquaintances, as well as @victorsteeman’s team, we will remember you.’
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