Tommy Aquino, a 21-year-old motorcross racer, has died after a crash at Piru MX Park in California.
Aquino was a member of the WD40 team and was slated to be part of the British Superbikes class for the 2014 season.
Aquino’s team said in a statement that “It is with massive regret that we can confirm the extremely sad passing of our friend and rider Tommy Aquino.”
“Tommy was a great asset to our team and a welcome addition to my family. He was enjoying a day with his father and friend and became involved in a freak accident,” it added.
“The thoughts of all our team members, sponsors and friends are with his parents Tom and Carrie and brother Michael as this tragic loss is shared.”
BSB series director Stuart Higgs added to Bikesport News that Aquino had made a big impression in a short time.
“Ambitions were high and we were looking forward to his Superbike debut with great anticipation,” he said.
Aquino began racing in 2008 and scored a win in 2011 in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Rider Championship.
He was from Saugus, California.