Dean Berta Viñales, during the Supersport 300 race in Jerez. / EFE

Rider, 15, dies after a motorcycle race accident in Andalucía

The death comes only weeks after 14-year-old racer Hugo Millán, from Huelva, died after suffering an accident at the Alcañiz circuit in the north of Spain

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The motorcycle racing world in Spain is again mourning the death of a young rider - the second in the space of just two months.

On Saturday, 25 September, the 15-year-old Spanish racer Dean Berta Viñales, died after suffering an accident at the Jerez circuit in Andalucía, during the first Supersport 300 race of the World Superbike championship.

It comes just two months after the death of Hugo Millán, from Huelva, who lost his life at the Alcañiz circuit, at the age of 14.

With only three laps to go, Dean Berta Viñales crashed out of the race and suffered serious head and chest injuries after other riders collided with him. After being treated on the track, the doctors were unable to revive him at the Andalusian circuit’s medical centre.

Social media networks were filled with messages of condolence, including six times MotoGP champion Marc Márquez who wrote: “Rest in peace Dean. Condolences to the family and friends”.

The Catalan rider also retweeted the message published by the World Superbike organisation which said: "We are deeply saddened to report the death of Dean Berta Viñales. The Superbike family sends their love to his family, loved ones and the team. Your personality, enthusiasm and commitment will be greatly missed. Everyone in motorcycle racing will miss you, Dean. Travel in peace."

The organisation red-flagged the Supersport 300 race with a red flag and cancelled all activities that had been scheduled for Saturday.