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Death crash motorcyclist was 'up and coming rider'

Published 09/08/2015

Andy Lawson who was killed in a crash at the Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday. Lawson is pictured with the Junior Manx Grand Prix trophy he won in 2014. Pic: Dave Kneen/Pacemaker.
Andy Lawson who was killed in a crash at the Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday. Lawson is pictured with the Junior Manx Grand Prix trophy he won in 2014. Pic: Dave Kneen/Pacemaker.
Road race fans Maureen and John Atcheson lay flowers at the spot where Andy Lawson crashed at the Deer's Leap during Saturday's Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod. Pic: Dave Kneen/Pacemaker.
The Ulster Grand Prix went ahead after the death crash at the request of the rider's family

A Scottish motorcyclist killed at the Ulster Grand Prix was a potential star of the future, race organisers have said.

Andy Lawson, 24, from Arbroath, was killed on Saturday in a Supersport race at the event at the Dundrod circuit, Co Antrim.

An investigation into the circumstances of the fatal crash is under way.

Racing at the Ulster Grand Prix continued at the request of Mr Lawson's family.

Noel Johnston, clerk of the course at the Ulster Grand Prix, said: "I am incredibly saddened by the news that Andy has succumbed to his injuries and my condolences are with his family, friends and race team. He was a lovely guy and an up and coming rider, definitely one to watch.

"I had a quick chat with him just before that Supersport race began and he told me how much he was enjoying his first experience at Dundrod, and that he was taking it easy while he learned the course.

"I can't tell you how hard it is to continue the event in those circumstances but Andy's family and race team were determined that the remainder of the event go ahead as planned. They believe it is what Andy would have wanted and we wanted to respect that."

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.

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