The world of motorsport has been thrown into a state of mourning after 23-year-old SuperBike star Matheus Barbosa was killed in a horror crash at Interlagos on Sunday.
It is not the first time Interlagos has been the scene of a tragic motorcycle accident, with two riders dying at the track in 2019.
Matheus Barbosa was filmed having difficulties during the race when he lost control of his Kawasaki bike and collided with metal barriers at the famous Interlagos circuit on the outskirts of Sao Paulo during a SuperBike Brazil event on Sunday, November 8th, 2020.
Matheus was in the fourth position in the race when he lost control of his bike and died at the scene after crashing, despite emergency medical attention.
The race was immediately called off in the wake of the accident, with the final 10 laps of the race not finished.’
A spokesperson for SuperBike Brasil said:
‘The nearest medical team reached Matheus in less than 60 seconds but despite all their efforts he succumbed to his critical injuries.
‘The cause of the accident is still being investigated. Out of respect to Matheus, and above all his family, the remaining day’s activities were immediately cancelled.’
‘The competition was being held with all the necessary security conditions established by the appropriate authorities.
‘The organisation’s priority at this time is to fully support Matheus’ family.’