Alonso leads tributes after teenage Moto3 rider Perez dies

Monday, 11 juny 2018, 10:31 , by Matthew Scott

Fernando Alonso was among the motorsport luminaries to pay tribute to Andreas Perez after the motorcycle rider passed away after a crash during a Moto 3 Junior event. The Spanish rider was just 14 when he succumbed to injuries suffered at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona on Sunday.

Perez was caught in an incident involving multiple riders during the race and received treatment on the track before he was airlifted to hospital.

MotoGP confirmed on Monday that he had died.

"Andreas has not been able to win this race," his Reale Avintia Racing team said in a statement.

"We have lost a great driver, but above all a great person and we will miss him very much."

Alonso posted on Twitter: Sad to hear the news of the death of young motorcycle rider Andreas Perez. Strength and a big hug to his family and friends."

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez also paid tribute on social media: "Sad and speechless. I want to send all my support to the family and those closest to him. RIP Andreas."

Former F1 racer Mark Webber also reacted with sympathy to the news.

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Comments (24)

  • Martin Hossell
    So sad to die a horrible death at just the age of 14. He had his whole life ahead of him
  • Mike Liatto
    My his family find peace somehow.
  • Daniel Tee Atkinson
    Wow sad news. RIP kid! Win the GP up above!
  • Matthew Luchici
    Omg .. rip man ohhh so sad ..
  • Peter Staudt
    Oh no
  • Lara Gurney
    RIP xxx
  • Wendy Jenkins
    Too sad. ..just a baby :(
  • Majbritt Didriksen Raal
  • Paulina W?giel
    Ogromna tragedia
  • Ogbanje Ochigbo Emmanuel
  • Marjorie Brassart
    Way too young to die
  • Sonia Fernández Alonso
    Catia Fernández Alonso
  • Lauren Gallie
    Only 14! RIP
  • Diogo Correia
    Rip campeão

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