Bikers in final farewell to tragic star Bruce Moulds killed in race
The best friend of a promising young motorcycle road racer has said the news of the tragedy has yet to sink in.
An escort of bikers yesterday joined a funeral procession as mourners paid tribute to Bruce Moulds, who died after a road race on the Walderstown course near Athlone in the Republic on Sunday.
The 20-year-old rom Hillsborough, Co Down, crashed into a ditch half-way through the Race of the South in Co Westmeath.
On the third lap of the 125cc event, as he was chasing for third place, Mr Moulds came off the course.
He was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin but later died from his injuries.
A service was held at the family home in Culcavey, Hillsborough, yesterday before moving on to Roselawn Cemetery and Crematorium.
In an emotional farewell, Mr Moulds' coffin was carried by his brother Harry, and father Steven, alongside close friends still struggling with the loss of the bright young racer who "always had a big smile on his face".
The bikers' escort that joined the procession was led by a bike emblazoned with a '9', Mr Moulds competition number.
Among those coming to terms with their grief was Mr Moulds' best friend and racing partner William Knight.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph after the funeral, he revealed the reality of losing his pal hasn't yet hit home.
He said: "It's still hard to believe. It's been a difficult day, not just hard for me but hard for his family.
"I suppose, it's just one of of those things.
"Lots of school friends turned out and a good crowd of young people – which I suppose is even sadder.
"Me and Carl Philips were his best friends and there's no doubt this will take a while to sink in.
"I've known him for so long and just racing together. He loved what he did, loved life and – what can I say – everything was going well for him."
Just a week before he lost his life, the Co Down man was narrowly beaten in the Skerries 100 in Dublin – coming behind Seamus Elliott and racing against William Dunlop in the 125cc event.
Bruce Moulds finished his first road race less than three months ago – even managing to secure a podium place.