British rider Hegarty dies in accident at Macao Grand Prix

Daniel Hegarty crashed on the sixth lap and died en route to hospital

The Nottingham rider was taking part in his second Macau Grand Prix after finishing 16th previous year.

The Macau Grand Prix takes place on a notoriously hard street circuit that claims numerous cars, drivers, and riders every single year.

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

Northern Ireland's Glenn Irwin was announced the victor after the race was stopped on the sixth lap.

The race was immediately red-flagged and, with it clear how serious the situation was, a decision was made not to restart it.

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


"It's a tragic end to the day - that's not even a podium, we stood on a box with three steps", Irwin said.

"The win is all irrelevant now and I wouldn't have won the race had it gone the distance".

Mr Hegarty's girlfriend, Lucy Dracott, said: It is with a broken heart to tell you that the love of my life passed away this morning.

"I just need time to take in what has happened and would appreciate if people could just be patient with me and wait for contact".

Irwin had opened a visible lead over Hickman by lap four, but the English rider slashed the deficit on lap five as the race began to build into a straight shootout between the fellow British Superbike men.

The 31-year-old, who raced for Top Gun Honda, finished 16th on his debut at the street circuit last year.

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