Saturday, 04 July 2020 | 22:13 WIB

These Racers Tragically Died While Not Racing

Nicky Hayden (wikimedia)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - In this world there is always tears and sadness over the great loss caused by death. And in the face of death, there is no other word than letting go, not knowing what to do.

Because death itself is nothing but the greatest mystery, but at the same time great in every human life.

Philosopher Albert Camus writes that death is the most important philosophical question.

Moreover, Collopy, a theologian, portraying death is the most difficult, darkest and most thrilling mystery of life.

An example of the mystery of death, for example can be seen from the stories of legendary racers who looked so strong and fast in the racing arena, but fragile on public roads, or something like that.

In recent days the world of racing has again grieving over the death of one of their legendary racers, Angel Nieto, who died at the age of 70 years after an accident in Ibiza, Spain.

As reported by Netralnews, Nieto was hit by a car while riding an ATV. He was then rushed to the hospital with a head injury and had surgery.

Nieto started his racing career in 1964 when he was 17 years old. For more than 20 years of his career, the Spanish won 90 grand prix and 13 world champion titles.

In the 50 cc class, Nieto won six titles and seven titles in 125 cc class. He also won titles in five different motors: Derbi, Bultaco, Garelli, Minarelli, and Kreidler.

Nicky Hayden

The death of Nieto has increased the long line of racers who have passed away lately. MotoGP legend Nicky Hayden died on Monday, May 22, at Maurizio Bufalini Hospital, Cesena, Italy.

Hayden died after undergoing intensive care at the hospital. Reportedly, he suffered an injury to his brain and chest after being hit by a car while cycling in Rimini on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Norifumi Abe

In addition to Nieto and Hayden, there is also Japanese eccentric racer Norifumi (Norick) Abe. His eccentric style, an aggressive racing style made Abe easy to remember. He became known globally after performing as a wildcard in the 500cc class at the Japanese Grand Prix in 1995.

Abe had visited Indonesia twice (1996 and 1997) as a guest at the Yamaha Cup Race event. Abe met his death on Sunday, October 7, 2007. Reportedly, Abe died after a motorcycle accident on the road near the city of Kawasaki. He collided with a truck that was making a U-turn.

Bahattin Sofuglu

Also there is Turkey's most successful rider, Bahattin Sofuglu also had an accident outside the track racing. He is known to have died on October 25, 2002 at the age of 24 years.

The successful Bahattin with the Honda team began to enliven the world of racing in 1997 when he was 19 years old. Unfortunately, he could not develop his racing career  because of being hit by a car while he was crossing the street.

Reg Armstrong

Reg Armstrong is one of Ireland's most talented motor racers. His name skyrocketed from 1949 to 1956. He died of a traffic accident when he wanted to return to his home in Ashford.

Mike Hailwood

MotoGP legend, Mike Hailwood also suffered tragic fate. He was known to be hit by a truck near his residence. While active as a racer, Hailwood won nine titles in three different classes. He also had time to taste the world of F1.

Colin McRae

Renowned rally driver, Colin McRae suffered a tragic accident on 15 September 2007 in Scotland. The situation caused McRae to die at the age of 39.

Information circulating, McRae had an accident while flying a private helicopter. Inside the helicopter there is his son, Johnny and McRae's partner, Graeme Duncan.

McRae was the British rider who won the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 1995 with the Subaru team at the age of 27. During his 30-year career in the rally world, he recorded 25 wins. He also had visited Indonesia in 1996.

Steve Hislop

One of the Scottish motorcycle racers, Steve Hislop suffered the same fate with racer Colin McRae. He died because of a helicopter accident.

Hislop is a talented rider who owned Scotland. He had achieved in the British 250cc and twice in the British Superbike.