Great guy who loved his racing: Motorcycle tributes to Prodigy singer and Team Traction Control owner Keith Flint
Tributes from the world of racing are pouring in for Keith Flint.
Best known as the frontman for The Prodigy, the 49-year-old carried the sound of British rave music from an insular community of party-goers to an international audience
Flint was passionate about motorcycle racing and increased his involvement with the sport in 2010 when he became the figurehead for his own Team Traction Control.
Using Yamaha machinery, star rider Ian Hutchinson won two Isle of Man Supersport doubles in 2015 and 2016 and added an Ulster GP race win for Flint's team. TTC stepped up from Supersport to the British Superbike Championship in 2017.
"For me, everything - the driving, setting up in the paddock, the camaraderie with the people there - I love it," he said back in 2013. "I've got that in the band as well. It really absorbs your life. It's not just a time-filler. I can't do something half-cocked. I've got to do something because I love it and because I'm truly passionate about it."
When news of his passing broke on Monday morning, tributes poured in from the sporting world.
Sad to hear Keith flint died this morning.. met him a few times he was a great guy and loved his bike racing.. 😞— FOGGY MBE (@carlfogarty) March 4, 2019
Gutted to hear the news of Keith flint. A proper down to earth guy 😔— Glenn Irwin (@GIrwinRacing) March 4, 2019
Thanks for the memories Keith Flint pic.twitter.com/fLxN7rUJhp— Bennetts British Superbike Championship (@OfficialBSB) March 4, 2019
Very sad news, RIP Keith Flint, a very good friend to @OfficialBSB and all round good bloke. Hugely passionate and knowledgeable about motorcycle racing and without doubt his involvement as a team owner and supporter broadened awareness of racing to a wider sphere.— Stuart Higgs (@stuarthiggs) March 4, 2019
Farewell to a great rocker and biker, Keith Flint, an adopted son of the NI bike racing family. Here he is snapped by @sdbikephoto after Gary Johnson's 2014 TT Supersport win pic.twitter.com/Q15bMBelOk— BelTelSportsDesk (@BelTelSportsDes) March 4, 2019
The world just got a bit duller. 😔 Keith Flint - such a gentle, humble man with a big heart and a great love of bikes that so many of us were lucky to get to share with him. Rest in peace, Keith— Matt Roberts (@matt77roberts) March 4, 2019
One of my favourite images I've ever taken - Keith Flint, peaceful, amongst the madness of the Grandstand winners enclosure, enjoying the success of @tweethutchy and the Team Traction team's victory at the 2016 @iom_tt Supersport 1 race. RIP Keith pic.twitter.com/5lFz2VVGOE— SnapChap 📸 (@snapchap1) March 4, 2019
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