It’s with our deepest regret that Asphalt & Rubber reports the passing of Team Goeleven Kawasaki Rider Andrea Antonelli, who was involved in a serious accident during the opening lap of today’s World Supersport race.

Crashing on the straight between Turns 14 & 15 at the Moscow Raceway, Antonelli then collided with another machine, and as a result, suffered a fatal cranium base fracture.

The race was red flagged, and Antonelli was immediately taken to an ambulance where the medical staff worked to resuscitate him. Despite their efforts, Andrea sadly succumbed to his injuries at 2:10pm local time.

With the World Superbike paddock mourning the loss of the 25-year-old from Castiglione del Lago in Italy, the day’s remaining races and events have been cancelled. A&R‘s best thoughts are with his friends and family.

Source: WorldSBK; Photo: Kawasaki Racing

  • L2C

    Sad and tragic. Rest in peace.

  • TexusTim

    very sad to hear this, prayers to family,friends and teamates…rip Andrea

  • czapa

    very sad day for motorcycle sport, RIP Andrea
    condolences to family and friends

  • MorticusMaximus

    Just seen the footage. The cause of this crash was 100% the responsibility of race control. Utterly outrageous that TV schedules should have caused the loss of this mans life. I have no doubt whatsoever that who ever started this race had the Monza SS situation in mind. Shameful.

  • ducati1098

    RIP Andrea.

  • Gutterslob

    Tragic. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
    Rest in peace, young man.

  • Daniel

    Ride In Peace, rider :(

  • mike

    Very Sorry to hear this & condolences to his family & friends

  • In my view, there is far too much ignorance, corruption, malfeasance and general ineptitude in the Russian Federation for them to be hosting a race like this. I didn’t see what happened, but from what I hear it was a preventable accident. You have to have responsible competent people in charge of these things, otherwise you have these tragedies.

    Disclaimer, I come from Russian ancestry, and more and more I find myself ashamed of what I see going on over there.