Spaniard Luis Salom has died following a crash during the second free practice session for the Moto 2 Catalunya Grand Prix.
The 24-year old fell on turn 12 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and then appeared to collide with his own bike.
The SAG Team rider was treated track-side by medics before being taken to a local hospital.
He underwent surgery, but despite the best efforts of the trauma team he passed away.
Born in Palma, Salom started racing competitively aged eight.
He rode his way through the motorcycling ranks and made his debut world championship debut in 2009 in Moto 3 where he won nine races before moving up to Moto2 last year.
He’s the first rider to die during a world championship event since Italian Marco Simoncelli in 2011