Simon Andrews dies after North West 200 crash

Simon Andrews passed away on Monday after the crash in North West 200 Superstock Race.

Andrews (31) crashed at Metropole corner on lap 4 of the race and was the only rider involved in the incident. After the crash, he was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he passed away two days after.

The Englishman was riding a BMW S 1000 RR „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 racing achievements“, his father Stuart said after the race. “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 it.”

This was the second serious crash an North West 200 2014. The French rider Franck Petricole crashed during a practice session on Tuesday. He is still in a “critical condition” at the same hospital.

Simon Andrews also competed in British Superbike Championship, and World Superbike 2009 and 2010.

Noth West 200 is also the place where the legendary Robert Dunlop died in 2008. He had won this race 15 times.

North West 200 is a street race held each May in Northen Ireland. It is one of the fastest in the world, with speeds of 200 mph (320 km/h). More details about the North West 200 in a documentary made by Honda.

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