Published Monday, 19 May 2014
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 Penz13.com 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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