Victor Steeman dies: The biker’s last generous act after he died aged 22 from injuries sustained in a crash
Dutch motorcyclist Victor Steeman has died from injuries sustained while racing in Portugal, the governing body of the Federacion Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) announced on Tuesday. He was 22 years old.
Steeman was racing the Supersport 300 World Championship in Portugal this weekend when he was involved in an accident at Turn 14 on the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.
The Kawasaki rider received immediate medical assistance on the side of the track and at the circuit’s medical center before being transferred by helicopter to hospital in Faro, according to the FIM.
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Steeman later died of his injuries.
“Something you were always afraid of as a parent of a motorcycle racer has now happened,” said a statement from Steeman’s family shared by FIM.
“Our Victor couldn’t win this last race.
“Despite the unbearable loss and grief, we are extremely proud to share with you that our hero, through his passing, was able to save five more people by donating his organs.
“We would like to thank everyone for the way you have lived with us these past few days. Our Victor will be greatly missed.
After scoring four wins and five podiums this season, Steeman had a shot at winning the WorldSSP300 championship ahead of Spaniard Alvaro Diaz in Portugal.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of WorldSSP300 rider Victor Steeman,” the Superbike World Championship wrote on social media.
“The WorldSBK family would like to send all our love to their family, team and loved ones. A great personality, a fierce rider and a legacy left forever in our paddock.
Steeman’s death comes less than a week after British Superbike rider Chrissy Rouse died on October 6 from injuries sustained in an accident at Donington Park in England four days earlier.