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by David Swarts
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American road racer Tommy Aquino was killed today in a
two-rider crash at Piru Ranch MX, a motocross track located about 10 miles west
of Santa Clarita, California, not far from Aquino’s home in Saugus.
Ventura County Fire Department responded to reports of the
crash at approximately 12:30 p.m. local time, according to a report at www.vcstar.com, the website of the Ventura
County Star newspaper.
One rider was reported dead at the scene, and a second rider
was airlifted to a local hospital, according to the report.
Representatives from the Ventura County Fire Department and
the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department would not confirm the identity of the deceased
rider to Roadracingworld.com, but former Pro road racer Michael Beck was
present at the track and confirmed that his close friend Aquino was the deceased.
“I normally park with him, but he wasn’t in our normal spot,”
a clearly shaken Beck told Roadracingworld.com in a telephone interview from
his home. “So I just rode by myself. I had a good four or five 20-minutes motos,
so I was done and heading home.
“I was parked along the front straight and changing in the
back of my truck, and I heard it from there. I had my back to the track and heard
a big crash, like a big metal-to-metal sound, and I saw two guys flying.
“I walked over there. At first I didn’t recognize it was
him, because he was riding a Honda and he normally rides a [Yamaha] YZ. I got
to a good eight-feet away and saw it was him. That’s when I heard the paramedics
say there was no pulse and they pulled out the yellow tarp and put it over him.”
Aquino started his AMA Pro Road Racing career at the age of
16 in 2008. He raced five AMA Pro seasons. He achieved one win in the Daytona
SportBike class in 2011, when he finished third in the Championship, the
highlights of his AMA Pro career. He also earned four Daytona SportBike pole
positions during his career and led many races.
In 2013, Aquino rode for Team WD-40 in the 1000cc Superstock
class of the British Superbike Championship series, and he won a race, finished
on the podium three times and placed seventh in the Championship.
Tommy Aquino is survived by his father Tom, his mother
Carrie and his younger brother Michael.
Updated article from VCStar.com: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/feb/03/authorities-identity-man-killed-after-crash-at/