Insert on the tragic accidental death of the only 22-year old
After a long creative break of almost a year, we visited a race again when it came to the Circuito de Cataluña near the Catalan metropolis Barcelona. It was a very mixed weekend with many ups and downs, which we would like to come back in a separate article. For us this time, the highlight was neither to be observed in the WSBK nor in the Worldssp 600, but clearly a young man in the youth class. We are talking about Victor Steemann, the clear hero at this event. His performance made us consider whether we would not want to continue our reporting in the foreseeable future.
The impressive show of the young star in Catalonia 2022
As a polesitter, he ended round 1 on P1 to only appear in 23th place later. In the twenty-three round, the Dutch, despite two Long-Lap Penalys completed, appeared again in second place. In the end, he made it into the top ten as a eighth and was on World Cup rank 3 behind Alvaro Diaz and before the second race on Sunday. Marc Garcia (both Yamaha). Run two on Sunday he won superior, with more than five and a half seconds ahead of Hugo de Cancellis (FRA / Kawasaki).
One who never gave up
With Victor, racing not only loses the Netherlands of one of the most outstanding talents of the past decades. He was someone who never gave up before the checkered flag fell. After his first steps in the Red Bull Rookies Cup 2016, he drove two races for the KTM Fortron Junior Team 2 years later, where he immediately performed his first World Cup point. The following year he joined the Freudenberg KTM Worldsp 300 team for his first full season. For the German team, he immediately turned out to be a stroke of luck and drove over the finish line at the start of the season in Aragon at the first race. With World Cup rank 5, he ended even better this year than his team-mate Jan-Ohle Jahnig, who in turn was one of the most promising talents from Germany.
The words of his family for the death of Victor Steeman
“Something that has always been feared as the parents of a motorcycle racer has now occurred. Our Victor could not win this last race. Despite the unbearable loss and grief, we are very proud to be able to tell you that our hero through his death 5 could save other people by donating his organs. We would like to thank everyone for having lived with us in the past few days. We will miss our Victor very much. “