MotoGP: Eight-year-old child motorcyclist dies after being run over while training in Italy


Little Mathis Bellon was training for the national speed championship when he lost control of his minibike and slipped on the asphalt

Mathis Bellon
Little Mathis Bellon, eight-year-old minimoto pilot.MOTOCICLISMO.IT

After a very serious accident on his minibike, an 8-year-old boy died in Trentino, Italy. Mathis Bellon trained on the Trentino circuit for the National Speed ​​Championship and could not survive the serious injuries sustained in the accident which occurred last week, July 22, at the karting circuit of To the, when he suddenly lost control of his minibike. In the fall, he slipped on the asphalt and another motorcycle ran over him. I was admitted to the hospital in very serious condition.

Rescued on the runway, Mathis was transported by emergency helicopter to the hospital in Verona, where he entered pediatric intensive care. The parents requested permission to transfer their son to Montpellier since they reside in Sainte-Maximebut after seven days of agony, little Mathis ceased to live.

“She lasted until her little sister’s birthday, who was 3 on Wednesday,” Mathis’ godfather told The Reunion Daily. “His organs saved five lives, he was a great champion until the end.” “An angel who has filled us with joie de vivre,” wrote Mathis’ family. Condolences for this very young life so dramatically extinguished flood the social profiles of the automotive world that Mathis loved so much.

“Unfortunately, we were there in this race. The atmosphere was not festive because there was apprehension for Mathis who was the protagonist of a very serious accident on Friday. All the staff of An event can’t help but join in the pain of a terrible tragedy. It’s wrong to write when these things happen, when in a sport that gives joy and adrenaline it’s not going well. Goodbye Mathis!, reads a memory posted on Facebook.

“Little Mathis, we have no words to express the sadness that invades us. You will live forever in our hearts”, writes the National Speed ​​Championship. Mathis was considered a budding motorcyclist and was part of the Team Racing Experience School directed by Sebastien Gilbert.

a controversial sport

The contests of mini motorcycles they have been popular since the end of the 1980s, but the controversy over their dangerousness is strong. In Italy alone, on January 9, a 5-year-old boy was seriously injured when he crashed into a barrier while riding a minibike near a motocross track in Bellinzago (Novara). The child was hospitalized with a reserved prognosis at the Maggiore Hospital in Novara with head and chest trauma.

In recent years, two fatal accidents have devastated the world of child pilots: in 2016 at viadana (Mantua), where a 6-year-old boy died, in 2018 at Ironwork (Round), with a 9-year-old victim.

The broadcast in Italy of the mini motorcycles is due to Vittorio Orazi of the company Victor Razzi, that I decided in 1987 to create models to sell. Initially it was a simple pastime for children, but later the interest of companies in the sector such as Polini turn the game into a competitive discipline. The cost of these miniature vehicles was initially quite high, but later they turned to the Chinese market to reduce costs. Today, they are therefore accessible to all; the maximum speed cannot exceed 50 kilometers per hour, but they are often updated and manipulated.

“If you go shopping mini motorcycles made in China, be careful”: according to the Guardia di Finanza of the Nettuno section in the province of Rome, minibikes sold as toys are very dangerous. Without safety guarantees, they will have a defect at the origin. A serious episode took place in Lazio, when a boy from Frosinone He died playing in the garden.

He talks about some 2,500 copies bought by Roman families and people from all over Lazio, from Pomezia to Anzio and Tivoli, for illegal traffic and a turnover of around 800,000 euros. Motorcycles cost between 260 and 380 euros. Some 500 units were seized from a hangar along the southern coast of the capital.

“It’s not correct to define them as toys”, explains the captain Vincenzo Di Filippo. “They have an internal combustion engine of about 50 cc and reach speeds of up to 40 or 50 km/hadults often use them for short trips, even within a property.”

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