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Simon Andrews: I'm aware of danger... but you get hooked

By Claire Williamson

Simon Andrews was as popular in the paddock as he was out of it.

He loved racing and was a regular fixture at the North West 200 since making his mark there in 2011, when he won fastest newcomer title.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph in 2012, Simon spoke of the dangers of the sport.

He said: "At the NW200 last year I was fastest newcomer and came fourth in the Superbikes.

"I reached a speed of 196mph, which was exhilarating.

"You don't get to experience that too often in your life. It's a buzz and an addiction. Once you start, you get hooked. I'm aware of the danger, but without the danger, where's the fun?

"Last year at the TT I hit a wall and injured the whole right-hand side of my body.

"But there are two sides to this sport – you can't have one without the other.

"That's what happens when you live on the edge."

He started in the sport at the age of 15 when his father bought him a trackday bike which he raced at Mallory Park in Leicestershire. While his dad himself never raced, Simon was always interested in bikes and his parents were always very supportive.

Simon showed such promise that when he turned 16 he started racing a much larger 600cc machine.

Last year Simon told the Belfast Telegraph of his love of bikes and speed.

He said: "Riding a bike is different to driving a car.

"You can learn to drive but I think you have to be born with a little bit of talent to ride a bike.

"For me, it's the pure thrill of it that keeps me going.

"It's hard to describe the amazing feeling you get when you're going really fast on a small motorbike."

His first big win came in 2004 at Mondello Park in Co Kildare.

The English rider made his first attempt at the North West 200 in 2011, where he won fastest newcomer, and had been a popular racer here since.

He was also fastest newcomer at the Isle of Man TT the same year.

In 2012 Simon joined the Honda TT Legends team, contesting the 2012 World Endurance Championship, the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200.

He also achieved a podium finish at the Macau Grand Prix in November of that year.

Last year he suffered serious injuries in a four-bike accident in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

He suffered two broken legs, a broken forearm and shoulder, broken ribs causing a punctured lung and three broken vertebrae in his lower back.

He had also been involved in a number of other serious accidents.

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