Victor Steeman, a World Supersport 300 rider, passed away after a tragic crash in Portugal. Read on to know how did Victor Steeman die, how did the accident happen, and what was the cause of his death.
Steeman was riding an MTM Kawasaki at the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship Race 1 during the Pirelli Portuguese Round this weekend. Unfortunately, it turned out to be his ultimate race.
Who was Victor Steeman?
Victor Steeman was a professional bike racer from Zevenaar, Gelderland, Netherlands. He was an MTM Kawasaki rider. Steeman first rode in World Supersport 300 full-time in 2019 after debuting in 2018 as a replacement rider.
He scored two pole positions to get the fifth position in the standings. He had won four of the 15 races in his class so far this season. Steeman was placed second in overall standings going into the race in Portugal.
Before this, Steeman stayed out for a year and returned to the scene in 2021. He got his first win at Most and finished 10th in the championship. He switched from KTM machinery to Kawasaki just this year.
Steeman was always a championship contender with wins at Assen, Most, Magny-Cours, and Barcelona. He had enough to become a posthumous runner-up finisher in the championship behind Alvaro Diaz.
Victor Steeman Died in a Bike Crash in Portugal
Victor Steeman was involved in a freak multi-rider accident at Turn 14 in Saturday’s opening race at the Portuguese track. The crash caused the race to be stopped immediately and delayed the rest of the day’s schedule.
Steeman was treated at the trackside by medical center officials and was later transported to Faro hospital via Air Ambulance. Unfortunately, Steeman succumbed to the fatal head injuries sustained in the crash and died at the age of 22.
Victor Steeman has tragically lost his life following an accident in Race One of the World Supersport 300 Race at Portimao.— Everything Moto Racing (@everythingmrace) October 11, 2022
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this devastating time pic.twitter.com/sXbh5qZ3co
Victor Steeman’s family has released a statement following his untimely demise in a crash this past weekend. You can take a look at it here:
“Something you have always been afraid of as a parent of a motorcycle racer has now happened. Our Victor could not win this last race.
“Despite the unbearable loss and grief, we are extremely proud to share with you that our hero, through his passing, was able to save five other people by donating his organs.
“We would like to thank everyone for the way you have lived with us over the past few days. We will miss our Victor enormously.”
What was the cause of Victor Steeman’s death?
Victor Steeman died due to the injuries he sustained to his head and brain in the crash. He was admitted and getting treated at the Faro Hospital where he took his last breath. A video related to Victor Steeman’s crash is surfacing on the web.
You can take a look at the video to know how terrible the accident was:
#WorldSSP300 #vıctorsteeman #vıctorsteemancrash R.I.P champion… pic.twitter.com/0SpOYP5dRj— Kerem (@kerembdnr) October 11, 2022
Tributes Emerge for Victor Steeman Following Tragic Death
Friends and fans are paying tribute to Victor Steeman following his sudden death after a crash in Portugal.
WorldSBK, the governing body for the Superbike and Supersport 300 classes led the tributes as they announced the unfortunate event.
We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of WorldSSP300 rider Victor Steeman— WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) October 11, 2022
The WorldSBK family would like to send all our love to his family, team and loved ones. A great personality, a fierce racer and a legacy left embedded in our paddock forever
Ride in Peace, Victor pic.twitter.com/suVbB59o9h
“The WorldSBK family would like to send all our love to his family, team and loved ones,” the organization wrote.
You’ll never be forgotten. You’ll be forever in our hearts.— WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) October 12, 2022
Victor Steeman, #AlwaysOurVictor 💚 pic.twitter.com/ByqYX9rGn0
“Charismatic, polite and always with a sense of humour, Steeman brought success to his teams, a fierce competitive nature to the track but, above all else, pride, warmth and charm to all those within the WorldSBK paddock,” a spokesperson wrote.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family that lost a young man. May God let his soul rest in peace.