Andrews dies after NW 200 crash

Published Monday, 19 May 2014
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English rider Simon Andrews has died in hospital after crashing at the North West 200.

Andrews dies after NW 200 crash
Englishman Simon Andrews crashed on Saturday's race. (© Pacemaker)

The crash happened at the approach to Metropole during lap four of the Superstock race on Saturday at about 3.30pm.

Andrews, 29 and from Evesham in Worcestershire, was riding for the BMW team.

No other riders were involved in the incident.

He was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast in a critical condition after receiving medical care at the scene.

He died on Monday with his parents, girlfriend and best friend by his bedside.

In a statement, his father Stuart said: "Simon loved road racing and he loved competing at the North West 200.

"He has had a motorbike since he was four 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 racing achievements."

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 Andrews' father, Stuart

He added: "Simon always said 'Once you've been on the roads there's nothing else to compare with it."

Speaking on his son's time at the North West, he said: "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."

He continued: "Ireland had a special place in his heart as he scored his first ever championship point in a meeting at Mondello Park."

His father said that Simon's organs have been donated to help others.

"Simon always wanted that to happen."

Mervyn Whyte, North West 200 Event Director, 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."

Northern Ireland Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín expressed her sympathy after the death of the motorcyclist.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of Simon's death. He was a very talented motorcyclist and his death is a real tragedy for all who knew him and for the sport," the Sinn Féin minister said.

"This is a sad day for motorcycling with the loss of another young rider. I offer my deepest sympathy to Simon's family and friends at what is a most difficult time for them.

"There are inherent dangers with the sport and we must leave no stone unturned to ensure that it is kept as safe as possible and I know that this is the wish of everyone involved in the sport."

Ms Ní Chuilín also offered her best wishes to French rider Franck Petricola who remains critically ill in the Royal Victoria Hospital following a crash at the North West 200 on Tuesday.

The incident happened at Primrose Corner during the Superstock practice session and the event was red-flagged.

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Comments Comments
sad in belfast wrote (251 days ago):
Really sad to hear of this life lost - from what everyone is saying he seemed a great guy. sympathy to his family and friends. Makes me sad to hear of accidents and deaths at motorbike racing and I find it hard to understand how people can call it sport and go and watch people riding, at times to their death. While it might be addictive and cause a buzz it still raises questions about why an activity is allowed to go on that has such a high risk of death - I hardly call that enjoyable to take part in or watch.
Two Shoes in North Antrim wrote (251 days ago):
My sympathy to the friends and family of the young rider who has recently died and to the other riders recently critically injured. I question not the bravery,skill or intelligence of these riders ? I do however question northern Ireland society in terms of complicity and indifference to this butchery mascarading as sport. Why must our public roads be mad available to this activity.? Why must our sporting media be forced to record a road racing fatality in casual everyday terms not dissimilar to a draw win or tie in other sports.? Why must the allure of a massive money spinning project ensure unchallenged position.? I respect the right of anyone and everyone to be as careless or reckless with their lives as they wish......but just one pound from the public purse or one utterance in the popular sporting media in support of this carnage is one too many.
paul in ballymena wrote (252 days ago):
another sad day at the northwest simon godbless ur family may god be with them at this terrible time.
trevor in newtownards wrote (252 days ago):
I was saddened to hear of the loss of Simon Andrews, great thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time. R.I.P simon
Ryan Lyttle in Portavogie wrote (252 days ago):
Keep the throttle pinned in heaven, Simon, RIP
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