Superbike rider Matheus Barbosa has sadly passed away after a horror crash at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Tributes have come flooding in for the talented 23-year-old, who died after losing control of his bike during a sharp turn.
Video emerged online of Barbosa battling to keep his bike on course before it piled into the surrounding race barriers at uncontrollable speeds.
Barbosa, who rides for Kawasaki, was actually in fourth position at the time of the horrific incident.
Hoy perdió la vida Matheus Barbosa en el SBK Brasileño en la 5ta fecha del año, en el circuito de Interlagos. Impactó contra una contención y falleció. En 2019 fallecieron otros dos pilotos en el mismo escenario y luego las autoridades dieron como aptas las medidas de seguridad♂️ pic.twitter.com/AMixpBYux3- Claudio D. Legnani (@claulegnani) November 8, 2020
Event medics rushed in to help but it's understood he died on the scene not long after.
The race was subsequently suspended with 10 laps to go.
Barbosa's tragic passing sent shockwaves around the motorsport community as the Superbikes organisation released a statement saying: "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."
Infelizmente, mais uma vez o SuperBike Brasil viu um piloto perder a vida em Interlagos- Grande Prêmio (de :house:) (@grandepremio) November 8, 2020
Matheus Barbosa, da categoria SBK Pro, se acidentou na curva da Junção e não resistiu aos ferimentos
Desde 2017, são cinco as mortes: quatro em SP e uma em Goiânia https://t.co/y21rU9WOkz
LUTO! O piloto Matheus Barbosa morreu neste domingo durante etapa do Superbike Brasil, em Interlagos. Ele perdeu o controle de sua moto em uma curva e bateu forte no muro. Desejamos muita força à família, amigos e fãs.- FOX Sports Brasil (de :house:) (@FoxSportsBrasil) November 8, 2020
Descanse em paz! :sob::sob::sob: pic.twitter.com/IUgWUxg6FL
Já foram 5 mortes em Interlagos, e uma delas a do meu primo Matheus Barbosa. No vídeo do acidente dá pra ver que não tinha NENHUMA PROTEÇÃO antes de chegar na estrutura de ferro que ele colidiu.- bru. (@alyciadebcarai) November 9, 2020
A PISTA DE INTERLAGOS NÃO FOI FEITA PRA MOTOVELOCIDADE pic.twitter.com/0XFvdB0rqv
#SBK ' Very sad news. #MatheusBarbosa :broken_heart:, a 23-year-old rider died :sob: after horror crash at the #Interlagos Circuit in a Brazilian SuperBike :motorcycle:️ race. The young man lost control of his #Kawasaki and crashed into a metal structure that was behind the safety barriers.#RIP :pray: :angel: pic.twitter.com/lHkKJnia2L- MatraX Lubricants (@MatraxRacing) November 9, 2020
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