AMA Pro Road Racer Tommy Aquino died Sunday in a crash at the Piru Ranch MX motocross track. The 21-year-old is now being remembered by the industry for his smile, enthusiasm and sense of humor.
Helmet House shared its sentiments about Aquino: “The entire Helmet House family was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Tommy Aquino this weekend. Tommy was family to us, and the first rider to join our race program. Every time Tommy visited our office he was all smiles and always full of enthusiasm for his next adventure. His next adventure was going to be a big one: Competing in the British Superbike Series for the WD40 team. Though he had only competed for a short time in the Superstock (1000cc) class for the team, he had already posted podium finishes and a win, and it was obvious Tommy was destined to continue his winning ways in the Superbike class. Tommy’s zest for life was always infectious, and we will cherish the time we spent with him. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Aquino family. Tommy will be greatly missed but never forgotten.”
AMA Pro Racing offered up this statement: “AMA Pro Racing is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of competitor Tommy Aquino. During his years as a valued member of the AMA Pro Road Racing community, Aquino became known for his racing talent, quick wit and uplifting smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
In the meantime, fellow racers, fans and others in the industry shared their memories of Aquino on social media.
Fellow AMA Pro Road Racer Josh Herrin posted this message on Facebook on Monday, “It is hard to believe that he is really gone. I woke up this morning hoping that it was all just a bad dream. Tommy was an unbelievable person and will be deeply missed by people in the racing community across the world. He was like a brother to me and will never be forgotten. I love you buddy!”
Melissa Paris, also an AMA Pro Road Racer simply posted a photo of Aquino racing with the words, “Goodbye Tommy... Miss your silly smile already.”
Photos and messages also covered Aquino’s Facebook page.