SUPERBIKE star Matheus Barbosa has died after losing control of his motorcycle during a race in Brazil.
The 23-year-old was filmed having difficulty in a turn before exiting the track and crashing into a metal barrier.
The tragedy happened on Sunday at the famous Interlagos circuit on the outskirts of Sao Paulo during a SuperBike Brazil event.
Kawasaki rider Matheus, who was in fourth in the race after losing control of his motorcycle, died at the scene despite emergency medical attention.
The event was suspended for ten rounds following the tragedy.
A spokesperson for SuperBike Brazil said: “The closest medical team reached Matheus in less than 60 seconds but despite their best efforts he succumbed to his serious injuries.
“The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
“Out of respect for Matheus, and especially his family, the remaining day’s activities were immediately canceled.
He added in a statement: “The competition was taking place with all the necessary security conditions established by the competent authorities.
“The organization’s priority right now is to fully support Matheus’s family.”
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In April last year, another SuperBike motorcyclist, Mauricio Paludete, died in an accident on the same circuit.
The following month, Interlagos was the scene of yet another tragedy when Danilo Berto was killed in an accident.
Motorcycle fan Claudio Legnani wrote on Twitter: “Today Matheus Barbosa lost his life at Interlagos.
“In 2019, two more drivers died on the same circuit, and then authorities said the safety measures were appropriate.”