The 21-year old American Superbike racer, Tommy Acquino died in a tragic training accident on Sunday, February 2nd in California. According to the reports, poor rider’s bike crashed at the Piru MX Park near Santa Clarita just before 12:30pm. As a result of that Aquino sustained serious injuries and he was pronounced dead right on the spot. The family of Aquino confirmed his death soon after the accident took place. RiderWear described that the unfortunate incident was actually a head-on collision between Tommy and another rider that took place on the track in 4300 block of Centre Street. The other rider involved in the accident also sustained serious injuries, but luckily he managed to survive and was instantly transported to the hospital through helicopter after giving initial medical treatment on the scene.
Aquino, who was once an AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Championship competitor, recently became a part of WD40 team of Brent Gladwin that was preparing the late rider to take part in the 2014 season of British Superbikes Championship. Unfortunately, there dream did not come true as poor Aquino lost his life even before the start of the season, which made WD40 team extremely sad. Aquino’s team said in a statement that he was a great addition and an asset for them and their thoughts are with his family because it was a shared loss. On this occasion, motogp.com has also passed on its deepest condolences to the friends, colleagues, and family of Tommy.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A also released a statement after this sad incident, as Aquino used to be a member of Yamaha U.S. road racer team once. The Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha, Keith McCarty said in the statement that Tommy was an extremely talented racer and they are mourning on this tragic loss because it was an absolute delight to have a team member like him. McCarty also said that their sympathies are with Tommy’s mother, father and younger brother.
Tommy, who was born on May 24, 1992, had a very short racing career, as he competed in the 2011 and 2012 season of Spain’s FIM CEV and managed to score decent points. In fact, in 2011 Aquino not only came third in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Rider Championship, but also earned a victory. During his short career, this was Aquino’s best results in AMA Pro Daytona Championship, as the rider lost his life before he could make a mark for himself in the British Superbike Championship.