Young motorsports sensation Andreas Pérez died on Monday at the age of 14 after being unable to recover from severe brain trauma suffered during an accident at the Moto3 Junior World Championship being held at Montmeló on Sunday.
Pérez is the third rider in just two years to die on the circuit at Montmeló after Luis Salom in June 2016 and Enric Saurí in July 2017. He fell coming out of the fifth corner and was run over by several drivers who could do nothing to get out of the way.
According to a statement on the MotoGP website, “The rider received medical attention at the side of the track before then being transferred to the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau by helicopter.
“Despite the best efforts of the circuit medical staff and those at the hospital, Pérez sadly succumbed to his injuries.”
Pérez, who had been described as the “standout performer” in the 2017 European Talent Cup, made the progression to the Moto3 Junior World Championship earlier this year.
Tributes quickly poured in for the young star from across motorsport. Pérez's team, Reale Avintia Racing, posted a statement which read: “Andreas has not been able to win this race. We have lost a great driver, but above all a great person and we will miss him very much.”
Current MotoGP world champion Marc Márquez paid tribute on social media, writing: “Sad and speechless. I want to send all my support to the family and those closest to him. RIP Andreas.”