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Tributes continue for young motorbike star Andy Lawson killed during Ulster Grand Prix

By Christopher Woodhouse

Published 11/08/2015

Talented: Andy Lawson
Talented: Andy Lawson

The family and team-mates of the young racer killed at the Ulster Grand Prix have paid tributes to the rising motorcycle star.

Andy Lawson was fatally injured when he crashed at the Deer's Leap section of the Dundrod circuit on Saturday evening.

The 24-year-old, from Arbroath in Scotland, raced for Team Moto-Design and was tipped to be a future star of the sport.

Graeme Sij Lawson posted a recording on his Facebook page of a radio interview with Andy for people to hear him "one last time".

Graeme, who lives in Perth, Western Australia, also posted a picture of Andy on his bike. Both attracted many messages of sympathy.

"So sorry to read of the loss of Andy this morning, what a sad day my thoughts are with your family and friends. RIP Andy Lawson, great talented young man," wrote one person.

The Ulster Grand Prix, held every year at Dundrod, Co Antrim, is billed as the world's fastest road race meeting.

Team Moto-Design also paid tribute to their late rider with a message describing the young racer as a "hero".

"Lost for words. Andy Lawson you are my hero," they wrote.

Andy's death came just two days after famed rider Guy Martin was injured in a 100mph crash during racing on Thursday.

The Englishman suffered broken ribs, sternum and vertebrae in the accident on the final lap of the Dundrod 150 Superbike race.

Martin (33), who is also a reality and documentary TV star, underwent surgery at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital but posted an update on Twitter in his characteristic cheerful style.

"I'm on the mend, few upgrades to me hand and back but feel right enough. All part of the job. Thanks very much for the support as always," wrote the Lincolnshire rider yesterday.

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