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Biker Simon Andrews Dies After Race Crash
A "superb" biker has died after crashing during a top competition in Northern Ireland.
Simon Andrews was injured on Saturday as he approached a corner on the fourth lap of the Superstock race at North West 200.
The 31-year-old, from Evesham, Worcestershire, was treated at the scene and then airlifted to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, where he was placed in intensive care.
He died on Monday with his parents, Stuart and Dee, his girlfriend Lisa and best friend Breakers, by his bedside.
Andrews was riding for the Penz13.com BMW team and no other bikers were involved in the crash.
His father Stuart Andrews said his son "loved road racing" and "loved competing" at the event which runs between the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine.
He added: "He has had a motorbike since he was four 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.
"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."
North West 200 event director Mervyn Whyte said "This is a very sad day and I want to offer my condolences to Simon's family and friends and to his race team.
"Simon was a superb rider and a great character in the paddock. He was a huge asset to our race. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him. He will be sadly missed."
The Superstock race is for "stock" road-going production motorcycles which feature only minor modifications, including the removal of all stock road equipment such as lights and mirrors.