British rider Daniel Hegarty dies after crashing in Macau GP

Lynette Rowe
November 19, 2017

The Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee regrets to announce that, following an incident during the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix - 51 Edition today (November 18 2017) at Fishermen's Bend, the rider of bike number 8, Daniel Hegarty, aged 31, suffered serious injuries.

The committee extended its "deepest sympathies" to Hegarty's family and friends and no questions were taken.

Carrick rider Glenn Irwin has taken his maiden Macau victory on Saturday in a race that was stopped due to a fatality. Hegarty was airlifted to the hospital but died in transit.

This is the second deadly accident at the Macau GP since 2012, after Luis Carreira of Portugal died on the same turn.

Speaking afterwards, the victor said it "was not a celebration".

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"It's a very sad end to what has been a successful week", he told the BBC. That's road racing and it's tough.

Hegarty's girlfriend Lucy Draycott said she had lost "the love of my life".

Irwin had opened a visible lead over Hickman by lap four, but the English rider slashed the deficit on lap five as the race began to build into a straight shootout between the fellow British Superbike men.

'Returning this year, riding the Top Gun machines, he once again took three top-ten placing's along with a sixth place in the prestigious Manx Gas Solo Championship race where he became a number of "elite" group of riders who lapped the 4.25-mile Billown Course at over 110 miles per hour.

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