The Brazilian superbike rider Matheus Barbosa died after an accident on the Interlagos circuit at the age of just 23.
The Interlagos circuit at the gates of Sao Paulo is largely known to European racing fans as the venue for Formula 1 races – on Sunday it was the scene of a tragic incident in the Brazilian Superbike series. Kawasaki driver Matheus Barbosa had a fatal accident, he was only 23 years old.
The tragedy occurred in the area of the approach to the Juncao curve (turn 13). Barbosa lost control there, got off the track and tobogganed on the motorcycle over a strip of green into the run-off zone. There, however, he could no longer brake and crashed into a metal structure.
What hadn’t looked particularly worrying at first ended up being fatal. Barbosa was thrown against an iron bar next to the runway on impact. First aiders were quickly at the scene of the accident, but could no longer save the young Brazilian. According to the authorities, he died on the spot.
Barbosa, who was fourth at the time of the accident, was a very religious person and wore a Jesus emblem on the side of his helmet. Interlagos was the fifth stop in the “SBK Pro” class calendar. This is the series on which Anthony West tried in vain to escape his doping ban. The race was stopped immediately.
It is still unclear how the pilot could lose control of his blue and white Kawasaki ZX-10R in the left turn. The police now want to clarify the course of the accident. Barbosa was the 2019 Brazilian super sports champion.