Spanish teen champion driver dies in moto accident

Spanish teen moto hope Andreas Perez, 14, died Monday from severe injuries sustained in a crash Sunday in a junior world championships race at the Montmelo outside Barcelona, organisers said.

Spanish teen champion driver dies in moto accident
Andreas Perez was only 14. Photo: Reale Avintia Academy

“After yesterday's incident during the Moto3 World Championship race … at the Barcelona-Catalonia circuit we regret to announce the death of Andreas Perez Manresa,” organisers said in a statement.

“Devastated by the death of driver Andreas Perez. Difficult to come to terms with the death of someone so young,” tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Perez crashed on a bend and was airlifted to hospital with serious brain injuries according to his team Reale Avintia and was declared clinically dead shortly afterwards.

His death is the third at the circuit in two years after Enric Sauri during the Catalonia 24 Hours last July and Luis Salom during free testing in June 2016.


Broken pinky disaster for Marquez in MotoGP

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez's participation in next weekend's Spanish Grand Prix is in doubt after he broke a finger during a crash in training, Spanish media reported on Saturday.

Broken pinky disaster for Marquez in MotoGP
Marc Marquez during Argentina Grand Prix. Photo: Juan Mabromata / AFP

Marquez broke the pinky finger on his left hand after suffering the fall whilst dirt track racing and was operated on in a Barcelona hospital soon after.

"He showed up with a deformity in the left pinky on his left hand and scans revealed a fracture," Doctor Xavier Mit, who carried out the surgery told Spanish sports daily AS.

"Therefore we decided to treat the injury, as we would with any other patient, by fixing a titanium plate to his finger.

"That allows us to start the recovery period in 24 hours and to have the chance to run at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez."

Marquez is only fifth in the world championship standings after three races this year.

After a fifth-placed finish in the opening race of the season in Qatar, he won the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, but a crash towards the end of the Argentia Grand Prix last weekend left him 30 points adrift of championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa is also currently sidelined due to a forearm injury.