Driver Joey den Besten died of injuries sustained following a crash at Imatra

Driver Joey den Besten died of injuries sustained following a crash at Imatra. The rider crashed on the formation lap in the pouring rain on a Kawasaki in race-2 of the IRRC Superbike.bDen Besten died of internal injuries from the crash

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Driver Joey den Besten died of injuries sustained following a crash at Imatra

Driver Joey den Besten died of injuries sustained following a crash at Imatra. The rider crashed on the formation lap in the pouring rain on a Kawasaki in race-2 of the IRRC Superbike.bDen Besten died of internal injuries from the crash.

In his career he also raced with Performance Racing Achterhoek, a dramatic memory is linked to that experience: the death of teammate Jochem van den Hoekin in an accident during the Isle of Man TT. He was the best-known Dutch rider in road racing: two-time IRRC Supersport champion and third IRRC Superbike in 2021.

The organizers of Irish Superbike Racing said: "Unfortunately, Joey den Besten passed away from his injuries this afternoon following a crash at Imatra. A multiple international road race champion, the Dutch rider was a familiar and popular figure in the paddock.

IRRC Condolences to the pilot's family and friends."

Mourning in the Motor Sport: Joey den Besten dies after a tragic accident

The sudden worsening of the weather conditions had prompted the organizers to postpone the start of the race.

The downpour had made the track prohibitive and the teams had been forced to put on wet tyres. Den Besten is on his bike and is in the group of vehicles that are doing that running-in lap before lining up for the start. The Dutchman's fall was frightening and lethal.

After the death of Dilano van't Hoff in Spa, last weekend another terrible episode shook the world of engines, this time on two wheels. The environmental circumstances and the dynamics mark the reconstruction of the accident that occurred while the drivers were engaged in the formation lap.

We recall the Imatra circuit is named after Jarno Saarinen, the Finn, who became a legend in the World Championship, who died during the 1973 Italian GP, in Monza. Similar fate for Den Besten. It almost seems like a twist of fate.

SportsWorld News staff join in condolences for the driver's family. We recall the Imatra circuit is named after Jarno Saarinen, the Finn, who became a legend in the World Championship, who died during the 1973 Italian GP, in Monza.

Similar fate for Den Besten. It almost seems like a twist of fate. SportsWorld News staff join in condolences for the driver's family.

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