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Race ace to take ashes of superfan on the circuit

By David Young

Motorcycle racing legend Michael Rutter is today set to pay a moving tribute to NW200 superfan Colin Graham - by taking Colin's ashes on a lap around the north coast circuit.

Colin - who died of bowel cancer in April this year, aged 45 - had been coming to the Causeway Coast circuit for more than 10 years with his race fan pals, his partner Lisa said last night.

"He was the same age as Michael Rutter - so this is a wonderful, fitting tribute to Colin from one of his heroes," she said from her home in Stonehouse, Scotland last night.

"It's what Colin would have wanted, most definitely," she said. "Michael Rutter said that the tube of ashes might burst open as he went round the course - but that would be even better, as it would mean Colin's ashes were scattered around the circuit he loved."

Meanwhile, Honda rider John McGuinness (45) - who was seriously injured yesterday at the North-West 200 road races -is on the mend.

The race ace sustained injuries to his back and ribs, and fractured his leg when he came off his high-powered Honda machine at the world famous Causeway Coast circuit.

The English rider is expected to remain in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital for at least another week.

McGuinness's injuries have also ruled him out of competing in the upcoming Isle of Man TT races.

Racer and TV personality Guy Martin has withdrawn from both the superbike and supersport classes at the NW200, after Honda Racing elected not to continue at the event in Northern Ireland following the serious injuries suffered by John McGuinness in a crash on Thursday.

But Martin will be in action on Saturday, riding in the supersport class.

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