Former 125cc and 250cc Grand Prix winner Doriano Romboni passed away on Saturday after being involved in a tragic accident at the Sic Supermoto Day. Romboni was among a number of motorsport stars taking part in the event at the Latina Circuit, held in memory of the late Marco Simoncelli but he would sadly lose his own life in the second practice session.
According to reports, the 44 year old crashed before being struck by a following rider and was immediately evacuated by helicopter to Santa Maria Goretti hospital but despite the best efforts, he succumbed to his injuries later in the afternoon.
The Italian Motorcycling Federation (FMI) cancelled the rest of the event as a mark of respect and the federation’s President Paolo Sesti paid tribute to the man who took six GP victories as well as racing in all three classes across his career.
“After the tragic accident which claimed the life of Doriano Romboni we have cancelled the event as a sign of mourning and respect for Doriano and his family, to whom we show our support at this difficult time. In losing Doriano we lose a generous rider, a highly valued personality and a great coach, who was dearly loved and appreciated by everyone involved in international motorcycling.”