21 July 2013, 20:36

Superbikes: Antonelli 'was struck at the base of the skull' - medics

ЧМ по супербайку подмосковье авария Итальянский мотогонщик Андреа Антонелли смерть

Andrea Antonelli

Andrea Antonelli

Italian superbikes rider Andrea Antonelli died Sunday after a crash in torrential rain at the Moscow Raceway, police said (VIDEO).

Antonelli, a 25-year-old rider from Brescia with lengthy racing experience, fell on the opening lap of the second race of the day at the circuit and was hit by another rider's bike.

"The motorcycle of a rider following the Italian hit him from behind," Superbike World Championship medical director Ruggiero Mattioli said on the Russian event promoters' website.

"He was struck at the base of the skull. First aid was given immediately, after which Andrea was quickly moved to an ambulance, where he was intubated. Unfortunately, all these measures were unsuccessful."

Mattioli said that Antonelli died just under 40 minutes after the incident occured.

Footage of the incident posted online shows that the race took place in extremely wet conditions with plumes of spray causing near-zero visibility.

Antonelli rode a Kawasaki bike for Team Goeleven in the World Supersport category, a support series for the main Superbike World Championship.

He made his debut in international bike racing in 2005. He is the first rider to die at a superbike event since Britain's Craig Jones suffered fatal head injuries in a crash at the Brands Hatch circuit in 2008.

Antonelli is the first person to die at an event at Moscow Raceway. The rest of Sunday's race program was cancelled.

In the first Superbike World Championship race, Marco Melandri won for BMW in a wet race that featured several crashes.

The championship was being held at Moscow Raceway for the second year running.

Last year, it was one of the first events held at the track, which opened in May 2012 around 80 kilometers north-west of the Russian capital.

Motorcycling: Italian dies in Superbike crash - police

The Russian Superbike Grand Prix due to take place in Moscow was cancelled on Sunday after Italian rider Andrea Antonelli died following an accident, Russian police said.

"The Italian (Antonelli) rider died as a result of his injuries," a police official told the RIA Novosti news agency.

The source said that three riders had been involved in the accident.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport said the accident happened on the first lap as the 25-year-old Antonelli lost control of his Kawasaki and was hit by compatriot Lorenzo Zanetti.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene, according to Gazzetta, but Antonelli never regained consciousness.

Voice of Russia, AFP, R-Sport

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