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Colin was highly respected and loved by racing family

By Paul Lindsay

Published 02/07/2015

Sad loss: Colin Appleyard has passed away
Sad loss: Colin Appleyard has passed away

British motorcycling lost one of it's best loved figures when Colin Appleyard sadly passed away on Tuesday. The popular Yorkshireman established the Appleyard Racing brand over 20 years ago and as well as supporting a number of leading Irishmen during that time, it was his son Robin and his seven British titles that brought the Appleyard name to the fore in the British championship.

His main aim in recent years was to assist up-and-coming young stars with Danny Webb currently racing an Appleyard Yamaha in the British Supersport Championship.

Leading figures in the sport have paid their respects, with local team boss Philip Neill stating: "Sad to learn of the passing of Colin Appleyard. An absolute gentleman who will be sadly missed. Condolences to family and friends from all at TAS Racing/Tyco BMW."

The ever-popular Skerries Road Races take place on Saturday in County Dublin and although there has been little or no press speculation surrounding this year's event with so many riders on the sidelines after the TT - William Dunlop is certain to feature on the CD/IC Racing R6 Yamaha.

Practice gets under way tomorrow from 2pm through to 9pm and a full race programme is schedule on Saturday from 10am. Roads close at 9.30am. This year's Cock o' the North Road Races at Scarborough will see a 12-race programme take place on Sunday, July 19. Legal problems regarding road closures have forced the promoting club from running any action on the Saturday, but there will be a chance to meet the riders on July 18 with TT winner Ivan Lintin the star attraction. Fermanagh's Lee Johnston [East Coast Racing] and Mar-Train Racing's Dean Harrison will also make an appearance.

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