Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

North West 200: English rider Simon Andrews in 'critical condition' after crash at road races

Simon Andrews poses for pictures with race fans earlier this week at the North West 200. Pic Stephen Davison
Simon Andrews poses for pictures with race fans earlier this week at the North West 200. Pic Stephen Davison
Simon Andrews Pic Stephen Davison
Simon Andrews Pic Stephen Davison
Pacemaker Belfast 13-05-14
Vauxhall International North West 200 2014
James Hillier (Quattro Plant/muc-off Kawasaki) crashes at Ballysally during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
James Hillier (Quattro Plant/muc-off Kawasaki) crashes at Ballysally during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

High-profile rider Simon Andrews is in a critical condition in hospital after crashing out at Saturday's North West 200 road races.

The Englishman was airlifted to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday, after the accident  at the Metropole section in the Superstock race.

The 29-year-old, from Evesham in Worcestershire rides for the Penz13.com BMW team.

The crash was the second serious accident at this year’s races.

His accident comes after Franck Petricola (31) crashed during a practice session on Tuesday.

The Frenchman is also being treated at the Royal - his condition described as critical.

Meanwhile, Ballymoney man Michael Dunlop was the star of this year's races - walking away with the Man of the Meeting trophy.

Dunlop won the Superbike and shortened Superstock races - taking home a cheque of £2,500.

Further reading

In Pictures: North West 200 - schedule, events and results

North West 200: I'm gutted to miss racing, says Maria Costello

Neill: I have never met anyone with so much energy 

Michael Dunlop ready to take on BSB's big boys 

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