World Superport rider Andrea Antonelli died from injuries sustained during the Supersport race in Moscow. The 25-year-old Italian crashed during the wet racing conditions and was hit by a trailing machine, suffering a fatal head trauma. The incident prompted the cancellation of the remaining World Superbike schedule at Moscow Raceway, including the aborted Supersport race and second SBK race.
The World SBK Press Office released the following statement on Antonelli’s death:
During today’s FIM World Supersport race, at 1.32pm Italian rider Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven Kawasaki) suffered a serious accident on the straight between Turn 14 and Turn 15 wherein he sustained critical injuries.
The race was stopped with the red flag and the rider was immediately taken to an ambulance where the medical staff worked to resuscitate him.
Despite their efforts, Andrea sadly succumbed to his injuries at 2.10pm local time.
FIM, Dorna and YMS Promotion decided to cancel all activities scheduled for the rest of the day.
Everyone involved in motorcycle championships extends its deepest condolences to Andrea’s family, friends, team and Italian Federation at this tragic loss.