World Supersport 300 rider dies after crash

Motorcycle racing’s governing body, the FIM, announced on Tuesday evening that the Dutch rider succumbed to head injuries sustained in an accident involving multiple riders at Turn 14 in Saturday’s opening race on the Portuguese track.

The crash caused the race to be halted immediately, delaying the rest of the day’s program and resulting in the weekend’s premier World Superbike race being cut from 20 to 14 laps this afternoon.

MTM Kawasaki rider Steeman was taken to the medical center before being transferred by helicopter to hospital in the nearby town of Faro, where he sadly died a few days later.

A statement released by Steeman’s family said: “Something you always feared as a parent of a motorcycle racer has now happened. Our Victor couldn’t win that 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 over the past few days. Our Victor will be greatly missed.”

Steeman raced in the World Supersport 300 full-time for the first time in 2019 after making his debut in 2018 as a replacement driver, scoring two pole positions en route to fifth in the standings.

After a year off, he returns in 2021, taking his first victory at Most and finishing 10th in the championship.

Switching from KTM machines to Kawasaki for 2022, he has become a championship threat with wins at Assen, Most, Magny-Cours and Barcelona, ​​enough to make him a posthumous championship runner-up behind Alvaro Diaz.

Steeman’s death is the second to take place in the World Supersport 300 in just over a year, following the death of Dean Berta Vinales after a crash in 2021 at Jerez.

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