Italian racer Andrea Antonelli succombed to injuries suffered in a crash during the World Supersport race at Moscow Raceway in Russia.
The Go Eleven Kawasaki racer crashed on the final corner of the opening lap in very wet conditions, and was struck by Pata Honda racer Lorenzo Zanetti. The race was immediately red-flagged and Antonelli was taken away by ambulance while medical staff attempted to resuscitate him, but the 25-year-old was pronounced dead at 2:10 pm local time.
The remainder of the Moscow World Superbike round was canceled following Antonelli’s crash.
Team GoEleven posted a message on its official website (here, translated from Italian):
you made us dream, we did have fun, you have made us become one of the top teams in Supersport, but this did not give you the glory you deserve.
Now “He” wanted you up there where the clouds and we will ride here, mere mortals, we will continue in your memory and in your passion.
I’ll have to Andrew, you were a great rider and a golden boy, we will meet in heaven and we will hug you again.
Do not forget, we know that we see from up there … Give us the strength to continue.
[Source: WSBK, GoEleven.it]