Britain's Daniel Hegarty dies in Macau Grand Prix crash

GLENN Irwin claimed his maiden victory in Saturday's ill-fated Macau Grand Prix, which was marred by a fatal accident. Eyewitnesses said he suffered mortal injuries after losing his helmet.

The race was immediately red-flagged and, with it clear how serious the situation was, a decision was made not to restart it.

"It is with great regret that we have to announce that the British rider succumbed to his injuries en route to the Conde S. Januario Hospital", the statement said.

The Macau Grand Prix takes place on a notoriously hard street circuit that claims numerous cars, drivers, and riders every single year.

The Nottingham rider, who was 31, was taking part in his second Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Pole-sitter Glenn Irwin was declared the race victor.

Hegarty was the first rider to die at the event since Portugal's Luis Carreira was killed in qualifying for the 2012 race.

He added: "It's a very sad end to what has been a successful week".

According to the BBC, organisers awarded the race to Irwin, although there were no anthems or champagne on the podium.

"It's a tragic end to the day".

The 31-year-old Brit crashed against the track walls on the street circuit in Macau.

Hegarty had told Bikesportnews.com previous year that he had turned to the road events because that style of racing "didn't hurt my elbow so much".

  • Stacy Allen