Riders pay tribute to Salom following fatal crash in Barcelona
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."
Destrozado, muy triste y sin palabras... Todo mi ánimo a su familia. DEP Luis Salom.-- Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) June 3, 2016
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."
Desolado por la pérdida de un gran amigo! Mi más sincero pésame a la familia. Siempre te recordaremos. pic.twitter.com/51xGcO1tSl-- Dani Pedrosa (@26_DaniPedrosa) June 3, 2016
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."
Tú fuiste uno de mis rivales más duros, uno de mis mejores compañeros de equipo y después un amigo. Luis39 pic.twitter.com/SaNyfAwJZS-- Maverick Viñales (@maverickmack25) June 3, 2016
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."
This is what we hate about the sport that we love. My thoughts are with the family of Luis Salom.-- Andrea Dovizioso (@AndreaDovizioso) June 3, 2016
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."
Que mala noticia. Que rabia. Triste. Descansa en paz Piloto. Un abrazo grande a la familia y amigos de Luis Salom.-- Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) June 3, 2016