AMA U.S. Rookie dies from crash

Teenager was an up-and-coming racer from Bermuda

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Aug. 18, 2008
Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookie Cup racer Toriano Wilson has succumbed to injuries suffered in a crash Aug. 17 in a race at the Virginia International Raceway.

The 14-year-old racer from St. Davids, Bermuda fell during the first lap of the Sunday morning race and was struck by another rider while trying to move out of the way.

Wilson was airlifted to the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC for treatment but was pronounced dead early Aug. 18.

In 2006, at the age of 12, Wilson became the youngest rider to participate in the 125 GP class for the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club, finishing in fourth place. Wilson also represented Bermuda in the 2005 and 2006 World Festival race at Valencia, Spain.

Toriano Wilson, 1994-2008.The other rider, Luciano Ribodino from Argentina, was transported to the Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC where he is in stable condition with a broken left arm and a broken left femur. Garet Tomlinson was also involved in the accident but was not sent to hospital for treatment.

The Rookies Cup race was red-flagged following the accident and postponed until the end of the day. Hayden Gillim recorded his second consecutive victory, narrowly beating Ben Solis Jr. by 0.092 seconds.

Solis led heading into the final lap but Gillim made a final move on the last turn to steal the win. Bryce Prince beat Emerson Connor for the final podium spot.