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English rider Simon Andrews died today as the result of
injuries sustained in a crash during the Superstock race May 17 at the North
West 200 in Northern Ireland.
Andrews, 29, of Evesham, in Worcestershire, England, was
riding a Penz13.com BMW S1000RR when he crashed at the Metropole section of the
8.9-mile public roads course known as the Triangle Circuit. He was airlifted to
Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he later died with family and friends
at his side, according to a statement issued by event organizers.
“Simon loved road
racing and he loved competing at the North West 200,” his father Stuart Andrews
was quoted as saying. “He has had a motorbike since he was 4 years old and
started racing when he was 16. From that first race Simon progressed to riding
for the factory Honda TT Legends team and his Mum and I are very proud of his
“Road racing was in his blood and Simon preferred the roads
to short circuits. He was fully aware of the dangers involved but he loved the
challenge that that offered. Simon
always said ‘Once you’ve been on the roads there’s nothing else to compare with
“Simon made his road racing debut at the North West 200 in
2011. He loved the racing, the relaxed atmosphere and the fans he met there.
Simon always said that the North West fans were the most knowledgeable in the
world as they knew everything about the sport and the bikes.
“Ireland had a special place in his heart as he scored his
first ever championship point in a meeting at Mondello Park.
“Simon loved children and I always remember how he would
kneel down to be at the same height as the kids who asked him for his autograph
or picture. Throughout his career Simon has always been involved with various
charities and that is why we have made a donation of his organs today. Simon
always wanted that to happen.”
North West 200 Event Director Mervyn Whyte was quoted as
saying: “This is a very sad day and I want to offer my condolences to Simon’s
family and friends and to his race team. Simon was a superb rider and a great
character in the paddock. He was a huge asset to our race. It was an absolute
pleasure to work with him and he was always very helpful when we asked for his
assistance. He will be sadly missed by everyone at the North West 200.”