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Motorcycle racer dies after crash in Northern Ireland road race

An Italian motorcycle racer injured in a road race in Northern Ireland has died.

Dario Cecconi, 38, was a competitor in the Tandragee 100 event in Co Armagh at the weekend.

He crashed during the closing stages of the Senior Support Race on Saturday.

The death is the latest to rock a sport that has been hit by a series of fatal incidents in recent years.

It will again prompt questions about the safety of racing motorcycles at high speed on roads.

Clerk of the Tandragee course Anne Forsythe announced the death.

She paid tribute to Mr Cecconi, saying he would be sadly missed.

"Dario was a much-loved competitor, who called the Tandragee 100 his 'home', did much to promote the Tandragee 100 across Europe and even had a tattoo of the Tandragee 100 course on his arm," she said.

She added: "Dario was an experienced competitor who had competed in a number of Irish road races, this year being his sixth year at Tandragee."

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