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Spanish rider Salom dies in crash at Catalunya GP - organisers

KTM Moto3 rider Luis Salom of Spain has a drink before the second free practice session ahead of the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia, November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Heino Kalis/Files
KTM Moto3 rider Luis Salom of Spain has a drink before the second free practice session ahead of the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia, November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Heino Kalis/Files

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish Moto2 rider Luis Salom has died after crashing during a free practice session at the Catalunya Grand Prix, world championship organisers said on Friday.

"Following an incident during today’s Moto2 Free Practice 2 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, it is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Luis Salom (SAG Team)," MotoGP said in a statement.

Salom, 24, was taken to a hospital after the crash where he underwent surgery.

"Despite the best efforts of the trauma team, he passed away at 1655pm local time," the statement added.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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