Ten-time Hungarian, two-time Czech and one-time Austrian motocross champion Bence Szvoboda passed away on June 14, his team, HTS, announced on their Facebook page. The rider suffered a serious accident during a race in the Czech Republic on Sunday.
Bence Szvoboda suffered a serious accident at the Pacov race track in the Czech Republic on Sunday, losing consciousness after a blow to the head. He underwent life-saving surgery at a hospital in Prague, but subsequent tests revealed that he had lost all brain function. Later, the HTS Team said that his body was fighting to stay alive, but “there is no chance of winning this battle.”
Finally, in the early afternoon of June 14, the HTS Team reported that Szvoboda had passed away at 11:50 a.m. In their farewell post, they wrote:
“Remember the athlete who won 10 championship titles in Hungary, two in the Czech Republic, one in Austria, and many victories throughout Europe.
Remember the man who was a symbol of willpower and perseverance. The one who never gave up and always tried to bring out the best in himself.
Remember the friend who could always cheer up those around him with his cheeky smile.
Remember the boy who always valued the love and support of his family.”
Szvoboda was Austrian Junior Champion in 2007, then earned World Championship points in 2011, stood on the podium at the Italian Grand Prix of the European Championships in 2014, and then won the Czech MX2 title in 2017. A year later, he became the second Hungarian rider to win the ADAC MX Masters series’ premier category, and he also took the top step of the podium in the most challenging categories of the Austrian, Slovakian, Czech, and Hungarian championships.
Bence Szvoboda died at the age of 31.
Featured photo via Facebook/HTS Team