Racing Memoriam – Post World War Two :
2000 – 09
Ray HANNA: sadly killed in practice for the TT on the IOM – 2000
Leslie WILLIAMS: 9 June 2000, crashed his 1000cc Honda VTR-SP1 on the approach to Ballaugh Bridge – Isle of Man Production TT.
Rory HANLON – July 2000 – killed at Bishopcourt, Northern Ireland
Joey DUNLOP – Estonia 2000 (pic here). William Joseph “Joey” Dunlop, OBE MBE (25 February 1952 – 2 July 2000), was a world champion motorcyclist from Ballymoney in Northern Ireland, best known for road racing. Referred to throughout the sport as “Joey”, in 2005 he was voted the fifth greatest motorcycling icon ever by Motorcycle News. His achievements include three hat-tricks at the Isle of Man TT meeting (1985, 1988 and 2000), where he won a record 26 races in total. During his career he won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times. In 1986 he won a fifth consecutive TT Formula One world title.
He was awarded the MBE in 1986 for his services to the sport, and in 1996 he was awarded the OBE for his humanitarian work for children in Romanian orphanages. Dunlop would often load up his race transporter and deliver clothing and food to the trouble spots of Bosnia and Romania. His humanitarian work was done without drawing attention to himself.
Joey Dunlop died in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2000 while leading a 125cc race (he had already won the 750cc and 600cc events) on Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa Circuit. He appeared to lose control of his bike in the wet conditions and was killed instantly on impact with trees. As a mark of respect, the Estonian government’s official website was replaced with a tribute to Dunlop within hours of his death. Northern Ireland television carried live coverage of his funeral. Fifty thousand mourners, including bikers from all parts of Britain and Ireland and people from all backgrounds in N. Ireland, attended the funeral to Garryduff Presbyterian church and his burial in the adjoining graveyard.
The most successful overall rider at the annual TT races is awarded the “Joey Dunlop Cup”. A memorial statue was erected in his home town of Ballymoney. On the Isle of Man, a statue of Dunlop astride a Honda overlooks the Bungalow Bend at Snaefell and the 26th milestone area of the TT course has been renamed “Joey’s”.
Andy MCLEAN – (killed North Monaghan – 13 August 2000). Andrew McLean was taken by ambulance across the border into Northern Ireland but died while being transported by Army helicopter to Craigavon Hospital . See details of the incident below.
Gary DYNES – (Irish champion, killed North Monaghan 13 August 2000). On lap one of tThe 250 Junior race, of the North Monaghan Road Race meeting at Glaslough Andrew McLean was leading a pack of six bikes. Approaching Smithy corner he lost control of his Yamaha and fell into the path of the following riders. Five of them went down in the incident and the race was immediately stopped. Gary Dynes, Andrew McLean and Denis McCullough were very badly injured. Gary Dynes died at Craigavon Hospital from internal injuries. Denis McCullough sustained chest and head injuries, and recovered. Andy McLean died on the way to hospital.
Gary Dynes was from Magheralin in County Down. He won four consecutive 250 Irish Road Racing Championships and was leading the 2000 series at the time of the accident. He was subsequently awarded the Championship posthumously.
Eddie SINTON – Regal 600 race at the Carrowdore 100 road race on the Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland – 2 Sep 2000. Eddie was from Tandragee, Armagh, Northern Ireland.
(pic courtesy – http://www.roadracers.uk.com/eddie.htm)
John DEACON – August 8, 2001 – Motorcycle enduro racer. He had won several Paris Dakar Rally stages. He died as a result of head injuries sustained when his BMW bike flipped, 77 miles from the town of Palmyra in Syria during the seventh stage of the Masters Rally between France and Jordan.
Herbert GRAF – 13 September 2001 – Magny-Cours – World Endurance Race. Swiss rider Herbert Graf fell during practice for the Bol D’Or. Graf, 39yo, lost control of his bike at Estoril corner He was to a specialized clinic in Dijon but sadly died during the night.
Günter STRASSER – 28 Dec 2002 – testing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia (pic courtesy Helmut Ohner). He was carrying out “winter tests” in preparation for the 2003 Austrian Superbike Championship. Strasser collided with a slower rider at the end of the start/finish straight and was killed in the subsequent fall.
Liam MAGEE – died 27 April 2002 at South Australia’s Mallala Motor Sport Park (Liam was Kevin Magee’s nephew). Liam Magee was killed during the second qualifying session for Round Three of the Shell Advance Australian Superbike Championship. Liam Magee lost control of his Suzuki GSXR 1000 at a speed of about 200 kmh. He collided with a concrete wall in front of the grandstand on the western side of the track. As a result of the crash, Liam Magee sustained massive head injuries and was killed almost instantly.
Gary JESS – Killed Ulster GP – Dundrod – 17 August 2002. Gary Jess, from Moira, County Down in Northern Ireland lost his life in an accident at Deer’s Leap, during the opening lap of the Superbike race. Jess crashed his Yamaha 750 and was hit by a following competitor.
Daijiro KATO – Japanese MotoGP 2003, Suzuka. Daijiro Kato (July 4, 1976 – April 20, 2003) was a Japanese Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and the 2001 World Champion in the 250cc class. Kato did not ride his first full Grand Prix season until 2000, when he started in the 250cc, riding a Honda. He won four races that season (of which two in Japan), and placed third in the championship. In 2001, he dominated the 250cc championship. He won no fewer than 11 races, a record in 250cc, and easily won the title. In that season he set a new record for the most points in a single season in 250cc class with 322 points.
The following season, Kato moved up to the MotoGP class (formerly 500cc) racing for Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) in the Fortuna Gresini Racing team. Some strong performances on the Honda NSR500 two-stroke bike in the first half of the season including second place at the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez circuit, meant he was given a full factory supported four-stroke Honda RC211V for the rest of the season; his best result on the RC211V was a second place at the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.
For 2003, Kato remained at the Gresini team, now with sponsorship from Telefónica movistar brought by new teammate Sete Gibernau joining from Suzuki. On April 6, 2003 during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Kato crashed hard and sustained severe head, neck and chest injuries. He was estimated to have hit the wall near the Casio Triangle chicane of the circuit at around 125 mph (200 km/h). Kato spent two weeks in a coma following the accident before dying as a result of the injuries he sustained.
David JEFFERIES – IOM TT May 2003. Allan David Jefferies (18 September 1972 – 29 May 2003) was a British motorcycle racer. The son of Tony Jefferies, also a former Isle of Man TT winner in 1971, David Jefferies was born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, England. His uncle was fellow TT winner Nick Jeffries. David attended Salt Grammar School. Jefferies competed in a range of racing classes including the Grand Prix world championship in 1993, and the World Superbike Championship in 1993 and 1995. He was the British Superstock 1000 champion twice in the previous three years. Jeffries specialized in street courses, such as the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200, where he was a four-time winner.
At the Isle of Man TT, Jeffries was the:
First rider to lap in excess of 125 miles per hour (201 km/h)
First to win three races during the week-long festival for three consecutive years
Set the absolute lap record for the Isle of Man TT course during the 2002 Senior TT at 17min 47sec, an average speed of 127.29 miles per hour (204.85 km/h)
Jeffries joined the newly formed TAS Suzuki team for the 2003 Isle of Man TT, competing on a Suzuki GSX-R1000. Entering the Crosby Village section during Thursday afternoon practise, where speeds can reach 160 miles per hour (260 km/h), his bike hit a telegraph pole, and spun across the road. The following rider, Jim Moodie of Valmoto-Triumph, got entangled in the wreckage and telephone wires, causing injuries to his neck and throat. Both riders were airlifted to hospital in Douglas, but despite the immediate intervention of emergency crews, the massive injuries Jefferies suffered proved fatal. Moodie was retained overnight for observation, before release in the morning to a waiting plane to take him home to Scotland.The parade lap in honour of Jefferies took place at the end of the TT weekend. Thousands of bikes took part, filling the 37 mile course.
Peter JARMANN – IOM – 2 June 2003. Swiss rider Peter Järmann crashed near Parkfield Corner in the “Lap of Honour” parade riding a 1964 TSS Bultaco, which he had ridden peviously in the Pre-TT Classic races on the Billown Circuit near Castletown.
Martin FARLEY – IOM – 25 Aug 2003. On the final lap of the Senior Newcomers race Martin Farley was killed when he crashed his 600 Yamaha at Alpine Cottage. He had just returned to racing after a 15 year break.
Kirk McCARTHY – Queensland Raceway – August 2004 Kirk Richard McCarthy (18 November 1966 – 15 August 2004) in Melbourne Victoria, Australia was an Australian motorcycle road racer who competed in several major championships both at home and internationally. He was killed in an Australian Superbike Championship race at Queensland Raceway in 2004. McCarthy began racing in the Australian Superbike Championship in 1992, for the Ansett Suzuki team. In 1994 he joined the crack Winfield Honda team, and went on to win the 1995 title. This earned him a factory Superbike World Championship ride with Suzuki for 1996, finishing 13th overall without a podium. In 1998 he did five Supersport World Championship race’s (one step below World Superbike, with less powerful machines) on a Castrol Honda finishing only one race in the points. A year in the German Superbike Championship for Suzuki, and two years back with Castrol Honda but in the British Supersport Championship, followed. In 2002 he won the AMA Pro Thunder series on a Ducati (having initially entered the season-opener as a one-off rider), before he returned to Australia, running his family’s farm alongside his racing commitments. He was 7th overall in the Australian Superbike Championship in 2003. He contested the 1997 500cc World Championship on a Red Bull Yamaha, (with a best result of 12th and best grid position of 18th.
Juergen OELSCHLAGER – 11 September 2004 – Oschersleben. Jürgen “Oeli” Oelschläger was struck by a following competitor when he highsided oin his Honda superbike. The accident happened during practice for the IDM (Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft) championship at Oschersleben. He died fifteen days later – three days before his thirty-fifth birthday.
Alessio PERILLI – Assen, Superstock 5 September 2004. Perilli fell at high speed at the Ruskenhoek turn. Perilli was struck by a following rider,Van Ginhoven, who could not avoid him. Alessio died of his injuries on the way to hospital.
Andy WALLACE – Ulster GP – Dundrod, County Antrim, Northern Ireland – 21 August 2004. The 1000cc Production Race, first race of the 2004 Ulster Grand Prix motorcycle meeting was stopped on the first lap after a 5 bike pile up at Wheelers Corner. 25yo Wallace died at the scene.
Richard BRITTON – Irish champion, killed Ballybunion, Ireland – 18 September 2005. Richard Britton (1970 – 18 September 2005) was one of Ireland’s leading motorcycle road racers before his death at Ballybunion road races. He was married to Maria and had one son, Loris, named after MotoGP star Loris Capirossi. Britton died on 18 September 2005 in a freak accident at a new Irish national road race at Ballybunion, Co Kerry, when the engine on his 250 machine seized. Britton was posthumously awarded Irish Motorcyclist of the Year, the highest honour in Irish motorcycling, on 6 November 2005.
Joakim KARLSSON – TT practice 30 May 2005. Joakim Karlsson was fatally injured in practice when his Superbike Suzuki crashed at Kirk Michael. He was competing in his first TT.
Gus SCOTT – IOM – 10 June 2005. During the second lap of the Senior TT race in the Isle of Man, newcomer rider Gus Ian Scott, 40-year-old from Kendal in Cumbria, a motor cycle journalist and road tester, was fatally injured in an incident that happened at Kirk Michael. Mrs. April Bolster from Kirk Michael, a race marshal also died of injuries suffered. According to witnesses, Mrs Bolster was crossing the road to attend to another rider when Scott collided with her.
Geoff SAWYER: 24 Aug 2005 – Manx Grand Prix Senior Classic practice. Geoff from from Suffolk was killed during a practice session on the Isle of Man. Geoff Sawyer, a 55-year-old interpreter from the Ipswich area, lost control of his 500cc Classic Matchless bike. Mr Sawyer was a regular competitor in the event, having competed in 33 previous races and winning seven silver replicas, including finishing in 12th place in last year’s Junior and Senior Classic races. He died pursuing a sport he loved on an island that is known to host one of the most treacherous challenges for riders, testing even experienced motorcyclists to the limit.
Ray Walters, chairman of Orwell Motorcycles, Ipswich, described Mr Sawyer’s death as a real loss and said his thoughts were with his family.
“It is one of the risks of the Isle of Man, it seems to catch someone each year. It’s a real test of skill there and we have lost some good people. It’s an adrenaline rush to do the circuit, it takes a brave man to ride it,” he said. “His death is a great loss for the sport. This is so sad, a tragedy. Everyone in the sport will be thinking of his family at this time, it’s a very sad loss.”
John LODER: 26 Aug 2005 – Manx Grand Prix Senior Classic practice. Heath, Birmingham, lost control of his 496cc Nourish Seeley at 33rd Milestone at Friday evening’s practice. Mr Loder had competed regularly in the Manx Grand Prix since 1979. He finished second in the Senior Classic race in both 2003 and 2004. His wife Diane said he “adored” going to the Isle of Man. “He lived for his racing. He was always working on new developments for his bike. Many people have said to me I should have made him give it up, but it was such a large part of his being. I take comfort that he died doing what he wanted to do.”
Tim JOHNSON: IOM – 31 August 2005 – Manx Grand Prix – Junior Classic Race. Tim, 51yo, lost control of his Aermacchi 350 at the Black Hut, near Laxey, Isle of Man.
Eddie BYERS: IOM – 31 August 2005 – Manx Grand Prix – Junior Classic Race. Eddie, 56yo, fell at the 27th Milestone leading to the Mountain Mile, riding a Seeley AJS.
John BOURKE: – IOM – 1 Sep 2005 – Manx Grand Prix, Junior Race. Lost control of his 600 Suzuki at Union Mills.
Don LEESON – IOM – 2 Sep 2005. Don Leeson crashed his 400 Honda at Quarry Bends during the 2005 Manx Grand Prix Ultra Lightweight race and died of his injuries. Don was well known in the Vintage Club scene and was an enthusiast for Suzuki two stroke machines. (Miss you Don, your passing was of great sadness).
Andy CALDECOTT – died Paris-Dakar – Jan 2006 Andy Caldecott (10 August 1964 – 9 January 2006) was an off road motorcycle racer born in Keith, South Australia. He won the Australian Safari Rally four times consecutively (2000–2003) and was a competitor in the Dakar Rally in 2004 (DNF), 2005 (6th), and 2006. During the 2006 Dakar Rally he won the third stage, but later died from a neck injury when crashing during the ninth stage, 250 km into the 599 km special stage from Nouakchott to Kiffa. He was the 23rd death in the 28 years of the rally. Even though he pushed himself to the limits he was known for his easy going manner and humility. Prior to his death he had operated a motorcycle shop in Keith. He was married to wife, Tracey, who was expecting their second child and 4 year old Caitlin. The local speedway was renamed in his honour.
Tony SMITH – 25 May 2006 – Iron Gate IOM – 2006 Pre-TT Classic sidecar (photo from http://www.weslake.nl/memorandum.htm) – on right in photo. Tony Smith and Barry Pepperrell were killed in practice for the 2006 Southern 100 Pre-TT Classic Road Races on the Isle of Man. Both driver, Tony Smith and passenger Barry Pepperrell died of injuries, when they crashed their outfit at the Iron Gate on Billown course.
Barry PEPPERRELL – 25 May 2006 – Iron Gate IOM- 2006 Pre-TT Classic (Sidecar Passenger) – on left in photo above. See above incident for details.
Jun MAEDA – Japan – died of injuries received in collision in TT practice – IOM – 29 May 2006. Maeda was travelling slowly out of Union Mills when Carl Rennie approached at speed, with Seamus Greene behind. Rennie was able to avoid Maeda, but Greene collided with the Japanese rider on the Ballahutchin Straight. Greene suffered severe injuries and was taken to Walton Neurological Centre on Merseyside. Maeda was critically injured and died one week later on 6 June 2006 in Manchester Hospital.
Terry CRANE – Manx GP – 21 Aug 2006. Terry was killed in the opening practice session for the Manx GP. Forty-six-year-old farmer Terry Crane, from Santon, lost control of his 250cc Honda at the 33rd Milestone. He was taken to Noble’s Hospital by rescue helicopter, but died soon afterwards. Mr Crane, 46, was married and leaves two sons.He was an amputee, racing with one leg.
Darran LINDSAY – (Irish champion, killed Killalane 2006). Darran was fatally injured in an accident during practice for the Killalane Road Races on 09 September 2006. Lindsay was fatally injured after colliding with Ray Porter who was slowing down on a straight stretch of the Killalane circuit near Skerries. Lindsay was rushed to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where he was pronounced dead. Darran had previously won four Irish Championship titles.
Elmer SYMONS – Paris-Dakar – 9 January 2007. South African rider Elmer Symons was killed during the fourth stage of the 2007 Dakar Rally. According to the official release, the fatal accident happened 142 kms after the start of the stage, near the small village of Boumaine Dades, Morocco. It was the first Dakar Rally ride for Elmer.
Éric AUBIJOUX – Paris-Dakar – January 2007. Eric entered in the Super-Production class of the 2007 Dakar Rally with his Yamaha 450WRF. On 20 January 2007, during the 14th and penultimate stage Tambacounda-Dakar, Eric suffered a massive heart attack when he was about 15 kms from the finish-line at Dakar, Senegal. He fell and died on the spot. Eric was taking part in his sixth Dakar.
John DONNAN – Tandragee – 5 May 2007. Killed during the Supersport 600 race at the Tandragee 100 Road Race. He crashed along with another rider, Kevin Fitzpatrick on a Triumph, at the chicane after hitting a straw bale which had been dislodged by another rider. He was thrown off the course and killed instantly.
(Pic courtesy – http://www.roadracers.uk.com)
Marc RAMSBOTHAM (GBR) – Tourist Trophy IOM – 8 June 2007 – crashed at the 26th milestone. He was killed instantly as his machine flew into the crowd beside the circuit. Spectators Dean Adrian Jacob, of Kidderminster in England and Gregory John Kenzig, 52, from Queensland in Australia also died in this tragic incident.
Ollie BRIDEWELL – Mallory Park UK – 20 July 2007. The fatal incident happened during practice during the British Superbike Championship held at Mallory Parkwet conditions. Ollie was thrown from his bike suffering severe head injuries.
Phillip HARRISON – 9 March 2008 – Pukekohe NZ. See incident below.
Derek HILL – 9 March 2008 – Pukekohe NZ. died at Pukekohe Park during the final lap of a 600 cc sports production race in the New Zealand Superbike Road Race Championships. Phil Harrison pulled off the track before the hairpin with a mechanical problem. He pulled back on to the track at the exact moment Derek Hill was overtaking him at an estimated speed of 250 kmh. Derek could not avoid the impact and the two riders were killed instantly.
(Pic – www.tyrewarmers.co.nz)
Martin FINNEGAN – Tandragee – 2008. killed in accident at Marlacoo Corner during the supersport 600 race at the Tandragee 100 races in Northern Ireland. Three spectators were also injured in the incident.
(Pic courtesy – http://www.roadracers.uk.com)
Robert DUNLOP – North West 200 at Mathers Cross – 2008
(Pic courtesy – http://www.roadracers.uk.com) Stephen Robert Dunlop (25 November 1960 – 15 May 2008) was a Northern Irish motorcycle racer and the younger brother of fellow road racer, the late Joey Dunlop, and like Joey he died after a crash while racing. On 15 May 2008 Dunlop died after suffering severe chest injuries in a crash during a practice session at the North West 200. The fatal accident happened in the 250cc qualifying as the riders approached the Mather’s Cross section of the course. The engine on his motorcycle seized and as a result of mistakenly hitting the brake for the bike’s front wheel, which was situated beside the clutch on his specially modified bike, he was subsequently thrown over the handlebars at approximately 160 mph. As he crashed, a following rider – Darren Burns – collided with him suffering a broken leg and concussion in the accident. Dunlop was taken to Causeway Hospital in Coleraine before succumbing to his injuries shortly after 22.00 local time. Dunlop had been racing in the 250cc class that year for the first time since the 1994 Isle of Man TT. His son Michael went on to win the race and dedicated the victory to his father.
Craig JONES – 4 August 2008 at Brands Hatch UK. Craig was involved in a 120 mph crash at Brands Hatch during the World Supersport series on 3 August 2008. On the 16th lap he lost control of his Honda and fell at the Clark Curve being subsequently hit by Andrew Pitt who was close behind him.
Ecki BILLERMANN – and a marshall, were tragically killed in an accident during the German Endurance Championship 8 Hours race held at Most, Czech Replublic –Sep 2008
Richard GAMMON – Thunderbike rider – killed in highside Cadwell Park 20 Sep 2008 (photo by www.racingeye.net)
Gyles FAIRCLOUGH – Thunderbike rider crashed Caldwell Park UK 16 Sep 2008 –died of injuries 22 Sep 2008
Dave OWEN – September 2008 – Maxton Mile USA. Dave was killed during the East Coast Timing Association’s land speed race event at the Maxton Mile runaway, Maxton, North Carolina, United States. Owen crashed in the shutdown area after finishing a 215.9 mi/h pass.
John GOODALL: 25 Aug 2008 – Manx Grand Prix, Classic Senior Race. John Goodall crashed his Matchless G50 at Ballacraine. John was sixty seven years old and came from Haverfordwest. He had raced in the Manx Grand Prix since 1972.
Ben LIGHTOWLER – September 2008 – Brands Hatch. Ben from Harrogate, was participating in the final race meeting of the British Motorcycle Racing Club’s 2008 Championships when he lost control of his bike at Paddock Hill.
(Photo kindly supplied by his Mother)
Mark YOUNG – 16 May 2009 at Mather’s Cross – North West 200 Races – 250cc Race (mark-young.gonetoosoon.org). On the first lap of that event Mark crashed heavily as he was exiting Mather’s Cross, the same section of the course in which Robert Dunlop had a fatal accident the year before.
John CRELLIN (55yo): 12 June 2009- Senior Tourist Trophy race, IOM –Manxman, John crashed his Suzuki GSX-R 1000 at the Mountain Box. John was an experienced mountaineer who had attempted Everest 3 times.
Andrew NEILL – 12 July 2009 – Walderstown course in Athone, Ireland, practicing for the 125cc race. Neill crashed during a qualifying session for the Race Of The South. Sadly he hit a telephone pole close to Corr’s Cross, seven miles outside the town of Athlone.
Phillip DONGWORTH – 14th July 2009 – Ballanorris – 2009 Southern 100 –Practice – 600cc Ireson Honda Sidecar. Phil lost control of his Honda at Ballanorris and crashed, striking a stone wall.
Padraig CAMPBELL – 18 July 2009 – Kells Road Races, Crossakiel circuit, Ireland. Padraig Campbell from Moate, Co Westmeath, Ireland, was killed instantly when his 400 Kawasaki crashed during a practice session for the 15th Kells Road Races.
Richard SLATER – 15 August 2009 Snetterton UK. Richard, 49, sadly lost control of his machine in practice and struck a track side barrier.
Richard BARTLETT: 1 Sep 2009 – Manx GP, Newcomer’s race – crashed at Kerrowmooar, near Ramsey