Luis Salom: MotoGP mourns death of young star

Luis Salom died after losing control of his bike at the Catalunya MotoGP

Story highlights

  • MotoGP mourning death of young rider
  • 24-year-old lost control of bike in Catalunya
  • Was treated for almost an hour
  • Pronounced dead at Hospital General de Catalunya

(CNN)The Catalunya MotoGP was hit by tragedy on Friday afternoon, when Moto2 rider Luis Salom died after an accident during the second practice session for Sunday's race.

The 24-year-old Spaniard lost control of his bike on turn 12 of the Barcelona circuit. No other riders were involved but pictures indicated that Salom's bike left the track at high speed in the corner, which has an asphalt run-off section rather than a gravel trap.