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Macau GP: Saddened Glenn Irwin takes victory as race ends in fatality

By Jill Goligher

Carrick rider Glenn Irwin has taken his maiden Macau victory on Saturday in a race that was stopped due to a fatality.

But his win was overshadowed by the death of English rider Dan Hegarty. Irwin later described on Twitter the victory as "irrelevant", adding: "My thoughts are with the rider."

A statement from the organisers said: "Daniel’s family and team have been contacted, and the Committee will ensure every assistance is extended to them.

"The Macau Grand Prix Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Daniel."

The PBM Ducati man crossed the line after 14 minutes of racing 1.1 seconds ahead of two-time winner Peter Hickman when the red flag came out.

The race was immediately stopped after the crash on lap six.

Fellow Ulster rider, Lee Johnston finished the race in the top eight.

Irwin is the first Northern Ireland rider to win at Macau since Phillip McCallen in 1996.

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