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Japanese Racer Noguchi Killed in an Accident in Mandalika

Japanese Superbike racer Haruki Noguchi died of injuries he sustained in an accident during the Asia Road Racing Championship race in Mandalika, organizers said on Thursday (18/8).

The 22-year-old man died on Wednesday (16/8) evening, even though he had been hospitalized for three days in Mataram, Lombok.

“It is with great sadness that we report the death of Haruki Noguchi after three days of intensive care at the West Nusa Tenggara General Hospital,” said a statement from the International Motorcycling Federation Asia.

The SDG Honda Racing racer had an accident during the fourth round of the 1000cc Asia Superbike race at the Mandalika International Street Circuit, NTB, Sunday (13/8), which resulted in the race being cancelled.

“We express our deepest condolences on the death of Haruki Noguchi… we pray that the family left behind will be given strength and fortitude during this grieving period,” wrote the Mandalika Grand Prix Association on its Instagram account on Thursday (17/8).

The rising Superbike star made his debut at the All Japan Road Racing Championships in 2017 and is one of the favorites to win the Asia Road Championship title this year.

“Haruki started riding motorbikes at the age of five and has brought us a lot of joy and excitement,” his parents said in a statement published by the official website of world motorsport fans for Honda Racing.

“We want to thank the many friends, team, and everyone who supported Haruki.”

Six-time world champion Marc Marquez crashed out of last year’s Indonesian Grand Prix after crashing in the final warm-up stage. He was rushed to the hospital for examination.

Mandalika is holding an international scale race for the first time in 2022.

Source : VOA News