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Dec 2, 2013

R.I.P. Former Grand Prix Racer Doriano Romboni (Updated With Photo)

Laguna Seca Raceway, 1994: Doriano Romboni (center) celebrates his 250cc Grand Prix victory with second-place Max Biaggi (left) and third-place Tetsuya Harada (right).
Former Grand Prix World Championship racer Doriano Romboni, 44, was killed Saturday, November 30 in an accident during the second annual Sic Supermoto Day in Latina, Italy, according to a report on the official MotoGP website.

Romboni, 44, crashed during a practice session for the event (which attracted several racing stars, like Romboni, and paid tribute to fallen MotoGP racer Marco Simoncelli) and was reportedly struck by another rider. He was then airlifted to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Romboni began racing in the World Championships in 1989 and earned his first victory in a 125cc GP in 1990. He went on to win another 125cc Grand Prix and four races in the 250cc World Championship. He raced in the 1996-1997 500cc GP World Championships on an Aprilia V-Twin that displaced about 400cc and achieved a best finish of third, behind winner Mick Doohan and runner-up Carlos Checa, in the Dutch TT at Assen in 1997.