Published Saturday, 19 May 2012
The 35-year-old Loch Lomond based rider died in hospital after the incident, which took place near York Corner, outside Portstewart, during the Superstock Race on Saturday.
North West 200 Event Director Mervyn Whyte said: "We are devastated by the news that 35-year- old Scottish rider Mark Buckley has died in hospital following an incident during the Superstock Race at today's International North West 200.
"There were no other riders involved in the incident."
Organisers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, along with the Motorcycle Union of Ireland.
The rider was taking part in the NW 200 event with the Splitlath Redmond Racing team.
He was due to compete at the TT races in the Isle of Man in June.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jayne and we extend our deepest sympathies to the entire family circle.
North West 200 Event Director Mervyn Whyte
First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said they were "deeply saddened" to learn of the fatal crash.
In a joint statement, they said: "We understand that Mark was a regular competitor at the North West and we offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Jayne, his family and close friends. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."
Sports Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has also expressed her sincere condolences.
"I was very saddened to learn of the accident involving Mark Buckley and I would like to express my sympathy to his family and friends.
"The circumstances surrounding this incident are a matter in the first instance for the organisers of the race and the MCUI to investigate and I would encourage all concerned to co-operate fully with that investigation.
"Encouraging organisers of road races to address public concerns about the safety of such events remains an important priority for me as Sports Minister."
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy and Health Minister Edwin Poots attended the event on Saturday.
They have also expressed their deepest condolences to Buckley family following the crash, which occurred in the third race of the last day of the international race series.
A book of condolence for Mark Buckley has been opened on the NW 200 website.
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