The European Talent Cup Race 1 of the FIM CEV Repsol turned out to be a dark day after one of its competitors, Hugo Millan, succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash.
The 14-year-old Spaniard figured in a multi-rider collision at Turn 5 of the Motorland Aragon Round in Alcaniz, Spain. Medical staff tried to treat him on the track before he was brought to the hospital, where he ultimately passed.
According to FIM CEV Repsol, this has been Millan’s “most successful season,” which was highlighted by consistency and several podium finishes. Filipino McKinley Kyle ‘The Wonderboy’ Paz of VR46 Master Camp also participated in the same race and finished in 10th place.
Personalities from the motorcycle racing world have expressed on Twitter their collective grief over the devastating news.
Eight-time Grand Prix world champion Marc Marquez: “RIP Hugo Millan. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and team.”
125cc 2006 MotoGP world champion Alvaro Bautista: “Today the results do not matter. RIP Hugo Millan. My condolences to family and friends.”
2018 Supersport 300 World Championship winner Ana Carrasco: “I enjoyed today’s race even though the result was not what I expected. Even so today there are no races, no stories that matter after what happened to Hugo Millan. We have lost another teammate and everything else doesn’t matter. Rest in peace champion.”
Professional Moto2 rider Sam Wilford: “Weekend of mixed emotions. We are making huge steps towards the front. But finally results this weekend don’t mean nothing after the passing of Hugo Millán in the ETC race.”
Riding school Cuna de Campeones, where he trained: “We are deeply sorry to communicate that Hugo Millán has left us. We will always remember your smile, your big heart and your professionalism. Rest in peace, Hugo. You will always be in our hearts.”
Ride in peace, Hugo.
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