British biker Hegarty dies in Macau crash

British biker Hegarty dies in Macau crash

Despite being stopped on the sixth lap, Northern Ireland's Glenn Irwin was named as the race's victor but admitted it "was not a celebration".

The rider killed in a crash at the Macau Grand Prix today has officially been named as English competitor Dan Hegarty.

The 31-year-old rider tragically crashed into the barriers on lap six of Saturday's race on the corner known as Fishermen's Bend.

Fellow Brit Glenn Irwin was declared the victor with the race not being restarted after the red flag. Hegarty was airlifted to the hospital but died in transit.

"The Macau Grand Prix Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Daniel".

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A podium was held for the race without anthems or champagne and Irwin said it "was not a celebration".

"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".

"It is with great regret that we have to announce that the British rider succumbed to his injuries en route to the Conde S. Januario Hospital", the race organisers said in a statement.

"It's a very sad end to what has been a successful week", he told the BBC.

It said Mr Hegarty was the 16th person to die on the Circuito da Gula since the Macau race's debut in 1954.

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