Doriano Romboni dies during Marco Simoncelli tribute charity event
Former GP and Superbike rider Doriano Romboni tragically lost his life during the second edition of the Sic Supermoto Day event on Saturday afternoon at the Sagittario circuit in Latina, Italy.
Romboni, 44, was one of numerous racing stars (that included Max Biaggi, Andrea Dovizioso, and Troy Corser) that were taking part in the charity event that was being held in the name of late MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli who died in 2011 during the Malaysian GP.
The incident occurred during the second qualifying session and eerily resembled the one that took Simoncelli’s life.
Like Simoncelli, Romboni also lost control of his bike as he clung on before swerving back onto the track and straight into the path of Superbike rider Gianluca Vizziello who could not avoid him hitting him.
In the impact Romboni’s helmet broke, as the EMT’s tried to resuscitate him for over ten minutes trying to stabilize him, before he was helicoptered to the Santa Maria Goretti hospital in the Latina in critical conditions and where he would undergo surgery, only to succumb to his fatal head injuries.
Romboni raced in the 125 and 250cc classes from 1990-1995 and challenged Max Biaggi for the 250cc title in 1994, before switching to the 500cc class with Aprilia in 1996 where his best result was a podium finish.
The rest of the Sic Supermoto Day weekend event was cancelled following Romboni's death, but on Sunday morning all the riders lined up in front of a bouquet of flowers that was left on track where the incident happened before completing a single lap in honor of the two fallen riders.
Italian Motorcycling Federation president Paolo Sesti said: "After the tragic accident which claimed the life of Doriano Romboni we have cancelled the event as a sign of mourning and respect for Doriano and his family, to whom we show our support at this difficult time.
"In losing Doriano we lose a generous rider, a highly valued personality and a great coach, who was dearly loved and appreciated by everyone involved in international motorcycling."
Romboni leaves three daughters.