Riders pay tribute to Salom following fatal crash in Barcelona

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The MotoGP and motorsport world paid tribute to Luis Salom following the Spaniard's fatal crash in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. 

Salom, 24, tragically passed away following his high-speed crash at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday. 

The SAG Racing rider was transported to hospital but had already suffered a cardiac arrest trackside, with doctors unable to revive him. 

A host of MotoGP riders took to social media to pay their tributes to Salom, while the news touched every corner of the motorsport community. 

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo wrote: "Torn apart, very sad and without words...all my love to your family. Rest in peace Luis Salom."

Honda rider and two-time champion Marc Marquez said: "Hard blow for all the World Championship. We will always remember you."

Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa wrote: "Devastated by the loss of a great friend! My sincere condolences to the family. We will always remember you."

Salom's former team-mate Maverick Vinales said: "You were one of my toughest rivals, then one of the best team-mates, and later my friend."

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso wrote: "This is what we hate about the sport that we love. My thoughts are with the family of Luis Salom."

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso said: "What terrible news. What madness. Sad. Rest in peace. A big hug to the family and friends of Luis Salom."