Victor Steeman, a famous Dutch motorcyclist has died. He was 22. Steeman was in Portugal for the World Supersports 300 (WorldSSP300) Championship when he was “involved in a multi-rider incident at Turn 14” during Saturday’s opening race, confirmed the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) on Tuesday.
“Right away, medical staff and vehicles went to the scene, and the rider was treated at the track and at the circuit medical centre before being taken by helicopter to Faro Hospital,” the statement said.
“Despite the best efforts of the circuit’s medical staff, marshals and hospital staff, Steeman has sadly succumbed to his injuries.” In a statement, Steeman’s family said that after he died, he helped save the lives of several people by giving them his organs. “Something you have always been afraid of as a parent of a motorcycle racer has now happened,” the family’s statement read.
“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 5 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.”
Steeman was getting close to winning the WorldSSP300 championship. He had four wins, five podiums, and three pole positions so far this season. He also recently became the rider with the most pole positions in the WorldSSP300 class. At the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, he wrote his name into the history books.
The World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK) also tweeted about the sad news on Tuesday, paying tribute to Steeman and expressing condolences to his family.
The past week has been desperately sad for the motorcycle racing world
Today, those in the paddock gathered to take a moment to remember and pay tribute to Phil Read and Victor Steeman
May they rest in peace pic.twitter.com/qLREWm44S6
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) October 13, 2022
“We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of WorldSSP300 rider Victor Steeman,” the tweet said. “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. Victor, rest in peace.”
Steeman died not long after Chrissy Rouse, a British rider, died on October 6 at the age of 26 from a “significant” head injury he got in an accident at the British Superbike Championship earlier this month.
You’ll never be forgotten. You’ll be forever in our hearts.
— WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) October 12, 2022
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