Nov 30, 2013, 10:23 PM EDT
Tragedy struck a Saturday event held near Rome in honor of late MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli, when a 44-year-old Italian motorcyclist lost his life in a practice crash.
Media reports say that Doriano Romboni (pictured, from the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix) lost control of his bike and fell before being hit by the oncoming bike of Gianluca Vizziello.
Romboni was given a cardiac massage and then airlifted to a local hospital, where he later died.
The “Sic Supermoto Day” was being run in memory of Simoncelli, who died in a crash at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix at the age of 24. According to the Associated Press, the tribute will continue on tomorrow in support of Romboni’s family.
Romboni, a six-time race winner in the 125cc and 250cc categories as well as a former competitor in the 500cc class that is now known as MotoGP, leaves behind three children.