TT ace Simon Andrews died in hospital yesterday after succumbing to the injuries he suffered during a crash at the North West 200 on Saturday.
The 29-year-old, who was best newcomer at the 2011 TT, was riding for the Penz13.com BMW team when he crashed on the approach to Metropole corner on lap four of the Northern Irish meeting’s second Superstock race.
A statement by event director Mervyn Whyte on the NW 200 website said: ‘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.’
More in Thursday’s Manx Independent.