The worst fears have come true: Victor Steeman died of his injuries three days after his serious accident in the Supersport World Championship race in Portimão.
After a bad fall at the Supersport 300 World Championship round at Portugal’s Autodromo Internacional do Algarve circuit, young rider Victor Steeman of the MTM Kawasaki team has succumbed to his injuries. Dutchman Steeman was involved in an incident with other riders at Turn 14, so this first lap in Portugal got a red flag.
Medical personnel and ambulances were quickly on the scene and Steeman received medical care at the Medical Center en route. He was then flown by helicopter to the hospital in Faro. At that time it was already clear that the Dutchman had suffered life-threatening injuries.
But despite all efforts, the doctors could not save the life of the promising young driver.
“Something you always fear as a driver’s parent has now happened,” the parents wrote in a first statement. «Our Victor could not win his last game. Despite this unbearable loss and our grief, we are proud to share the news with fans that our hero saved the lives of five other people through his organ donation. We would like to thank all our friends who have shown us so much compassion over the past few days. We will miss our Victor very much.”
Steeman was delighted with a successful Supersport 300 Championship campaign in 2022, he would have had the chance to secure the world title in Portugal at the two races. With four wins, five podiums and three pole positions, he had scored a whopping 12 points in 14 games. The Dutchman also made history by being the driver with the most qualifying times in the World Supersport 300 class since the SSP 300 event at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Motorcycling has lost one of its most promising talents.
The Dorna Group as promoter of the Superbike series, the world association FIM and the operators of the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve expressed their deepest condolences to the family, friends, team and loved ones of Victor Steeman.
Rest in peace