Friday, June 5

Indonesian Asia Talent Cup rider dies after crash at Sepang


This handout picture taken and released by the Sepang International Circuit shows Indonesian rider Afridza Munandar (No.4) riding through the pack during the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup race at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang. — AFP photo

SEPANG: Afridza Munandar died after a crash in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) race at the Sepang International Circuit on Saturday.

The incident occurred when the Indonesian rider went down at turn 10 on the first lap, before the race was stopped immediately with a red flag and then cancelled.

After receiving medical attention by the side of the track, the 20-year-old was transferred to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

“The FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), FIM Asia, Dorna Sports, and all those in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup pass on our deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Munandar,” the race organisers said in a statement.

Munandar was one of the championship contenders heading into this weekend’s finale of the 2019 IATC, having recorded two wins and four podium finishes this season.

Meanwhile, the IATC race, held on the sidelines of the Malaysian Grand Prix motorcycle race, will go ahead today despite the fatal tragedy.

According to Dorna, riders have voted to race on Sunday, and any rider who subsequently chooses not to race has their full support and understanding.

“The race will be in memory of Afridza Munandar,” Dorna said in a statement. — Reuters

In addition, there would be a minute of silence before the race. — Bernama