MANILA, Philippines- One of the country's best and fastest motorbike racers died in an accident last Sunday, May 15.
Maico Greg Buncio, 22, was participating in a time trials in Clark Speedway Racing Circuit in Clark Field, Pampanga, running at an estimate speed of 220 kph, when he was thrown off his bike and onto the protruding steel bar from the unfinished railing of the speedway. He suffered massive serious injuries and punctured internal organs.
He was immediately rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Mabalacat, Pampanga, and was later transferred to the University of Santo Tomas Hospital. But he expired later despite the doctors' efforts to save him. He was declared dead at 3:57 pm.
He was eyeing his fifth consecutive win when the accident occurred.
The organizers immediately cancelled all the racing events upon learning the news of Buncio's untimely demise, and participants and motorsports afficionados offered a minute of silence for the eternal repose of his soul.
The Philippine motorsports mourned the loss of one of their great racers. They said he was "so young to win so many championships, yet so young to reach his final lap."
His remains lie at the Loyola Memorial Chapels in Guadalupe, Makati City.
The Buncio family was considering filing a case against the operators of Clark Speedway Circuit for their negligence.
Buncio, who had started racing since age 3, was hailed for his immense contribution in the Philippine motorsports. He had won several achievements during the course of his career, among which was Golden Wheel Awards' "Driver of the Year" last March. He was also chosen last month by Team Suzuki Pilipinas to be among the representatives of the Philippines in the upcoming 2011 Asian Road Racing Championship.