Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Macau GP Racer, Daniel Hegarty, Dies Following Crash

Macau GP Racer, Daniel Hegarty, Dies Following Crash

British rider Daniel Hegarty has died after an accident during the 51st Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. Eyewitnesses said he suffered mortal injuries after losing his helmet.

The race was immediately stopped and Daniel was transferred to hospital. Hegarty was airlifted to the hospital but died in transit. Really thankful to the @TopgunRacing1 team for their hard work.

Saturday's Motorcycle Grand Prix was won by Northern Ireland's Glenn Irwin - after five completed laps - in front of Peter Hickman and Michael Rutter.

A sad podium
A sad podium

Northern Ireland's Glenn Irwin was declared the victor after the event was stopped on the sixth lap.

There were no anthems of champagne as the podium was held, with race-winner Irwin saying it was "not a celebration".

The Macau GP is the only track that features motorcycle and vehicle races on the same urban circuit.

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He added: 'It's a very sad end to what has been a successful week. That's road racing and it's tough.

This is the second deadly accident at the Macau GP since 2012, after Luis Carreira of Portugal died on the same turn.

Lucy Draycott said on Facebook that Mr Hegarty was the love of her life.

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But his win was overshadowed by the death of English rider Dan Hegarty.

The 31-year-old from Nottingham came off the Top Gun Racing Honda at Fisherman's Bend.

Mr Hegarty made his debut at the Chinese road race in 2016, finishing in 16th place.

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