Italian motorcyclist Doriano Romboni dies following crash in Italy
Italian racer Doriano Romboni has died at a charity event in memory of late compatriot Marco Simoncelli.
Last Updated: 07/01/14 9:07am
Romboni, who was 44, was flown by helicopter to hospital in Latina, south of Rome, after the crash in practice for the second running of the Sic Supermoto Day at the Latina Circuit.
The official motogp.com website said he had died from his injuries later in the afternoon.
Simoncelli was killed in an accident at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix after he lost control and was hit by two bikes, one ridden by compatriot Valentino Rossi.
Romboni competed between 1996-97 as an Aprilia factory rider in the 500cc category that is now MotoGP and was a six-times race winner in the 125cc and 250cc categories. He also raced in world superbikes.
"Grew up watching him when I was a kid, such a great rider," said American former world superbike champion and MotoGP race winner Ben Spies on Twitter. "Prayers to his family and friends."
Max Biaggi said those taking part in the event had decided to continue on Sunday to support Romboni's family.