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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Death at the Macau GP

I just found out through the Isle of Man TT Facebook page that Luis Carreira died during qualifying for the Macau GP. I don't know of him, but I figured some of you may.

He lived his dreams and died doing it. RIP

Portuguese rider dies in Macau GP qualifier

AFP November 16, 2012, 6:34 pm

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HONG KONG (AFP) - Portuguese motorcycle rider Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira was killed in an accident during a qualifying session for the Macau Grand Prix, organisers said.
The organising committee said Carreira died from injuries sustained in the crash on Thursday afternoon.
"No other rider was involved in the incident, which occurred at Fisherman's Bend ... The qualifying session was immediately red flagged," the committee said in a statement.
"As a result of the doctors' diagnosis, Mr. Carreira was immediately evacuated by ambulance to the hospital."
The 35-year-old from Lisbon died about 30 minutes later, it added.
"The Macau Grand Prix Committee has contacted the family and the members of the team, and the committee expresses its sincere condolences," it said.
"In over 60 years of the Grand Prix, the record can be considered acceptable," coordinator of the Macau Grand Prix committee Joao Manuel Costa Antunes told Hong Kong daily newspaper South China Morning Post.
"Those involved in motorsport and motorbikes know exactly what I'm saying," Antunes said, commenting on the Carreira incident, the second death of a motorbike rider at the track in seven years, and the second serious bike accident of the day.
Organisers did not provide further details to AFP.
Celebrated Italian motorbike rider 24-year-old Marco Simoncelli died last year in a crash that resulted in the cancellation of the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepag.

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Doesn't someone always die at the Macau GP? It is more dangerous than IOM.

Peaceful dreams Luis.

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He lived his dreams and died doing it. RIP
The last thing you think in the moment of a crash is "Thank god, i'll die while having fun..."

I think Macau is a great circuit, but if i had the chance, i would race a car around there. For me, it's no motorcycle track. Would be the same if they raced in Monaco. Just wouldn't feel right. Opposed to that, a car race at Dundrod (i know there were some in the 50s) or the Isle Of Man wouldn't feel right, either.

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I`ve been to Macau many times, when I was in HK we used to catch the Fastcat over there to go to the many Casinos. I used to get scared riding around there in a rickshaw! IMHO, the guys that race bikes there are heroes. Or insane. Or both!

RIP, Luis.

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