Motorcycle racer Victor Steeman has died in hospital from injuries sustained in a crash during a championship race in Portugal.
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The 22-year-old from Zevenaar was taken to hospital in Faro after suffering a serious head injury.
The FIM Supersport 300 race at Portimao on Saturday was stopped immediately after the collision, which involved several riders.
WorldSBK, the governing body for the Superbike and Supersport 300 classes, confirmed late on Tuesday that he had succumbed to his injuries.
‘The WorldSBK family would like to send all our love to his family, team and loved ones,’ the organisation said in a statement.
‘Charismatic, polite and always with a sense of humour, Steeman brought success to his teams, a fierce competitive nature to the track but, above all else, pride, warmth and charm to all those within the WorldSBK paddock.’
Steeman, who rode for the MTM Kawasaki team, won four of the 15 races in his class so far this season and was in second place in the overall standings going in to the race in Portugal.
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Steeman first rode in World Supersport 300 full-time in 2019 after making his debut in 2018 as a replacement rider, scoring two pole positions en route to fifth in the standings.
|15 June 2000
|11 October 2022 (aged 22)
After a year out of the series, he returned in 2021, taking his first win at Most and finishing 10th in the championship.
Switching from KTM machinery to Kawasaki for 2022, he emerged as a championship threat with wins at Assen, Most, Magny-Cours and Barcelona, enough to make him a posthumous runner-up finisher in the championship behind Alvaro Diaz.
Steeman’s death is the second to have occurred in World Supersport 300 in just over a year, following Dean Berta Vinales’ passing after a crash in 2021 at Jerez.
Victor steeman accident
Following a serious incident in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship’s Race 1 during the Pirelli Portuguese Round at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, it is with great sadness that we report the passing of rider Victor Steeman (MTM Kawasaki).
Steeman was involved in a multi-rider incident at Turn 14, with the race immediately red flagged. Medical personnel and vehicles arrived at the site immediately and the rider was attended to trackside and at the circuit medical centre before being transferred by helicopter to Faro Hospital.
Despite the best efforts of the circuit’s medical staff, marshals and hospital staff, Steeman has sadly succumbed to his injuries.
A statement from the 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 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.”
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme confirmed the sad news on Tuesday … saying Steeman passed away after suffering severe injuries from a multi-rider incident at Turn 14 of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship’s Race 1 in Portugal.
“Medical personnel and vehicles arrived at the site immediately and the rider was attended to trackside and at the circuit medical centre before being transferred by helicopter to Faro Hospital,” FIM said.
“Despite the best efforts of the circuit’s medical staff, marshals and hospital staff, Steeman has sadly succumbed to his injuries.”
Steeman — who rode for the MTM Kawasaki team — began his career in World Supersport 300 full-time in 2019 … and racked up four wins, five podiums, and three pole positions this season.
In fact, the Dutch rider made history with the most pole positions in the World Supersport 300 class at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.