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Macau Grand Prix: NI's Glenn Irwin wins after accident halts race

Macau Grand Prix: NI's Glenn Irwin wins after accident halts race

The last death at the Macau Grand Prix was in 2012 when Portugal's Luis Carreira was killed during qualifying.

However, a statement issued by the race organiser confirmed that he died en route to the hospital.

The race was immediately called off and fears for the Topgun Racing Honda rider's condition were heightened when the post-race press conference was cancelled.

However, he managed to keep pace with Hickman, victor the past two years, and had manoeuvred himself into the lead by the time the race was red-flagged.

President of Macau's Sports Bureau and co-ordinator of the Macau Grand Prix organising committee Pun Weng Kun then addressed the media at 6.30pm, reading a statement from the event organisers that reported Hegarty had initially suffered "serious injuries".




The 31-year-old British rider was taking part in his second Macao Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Macau, a resort city in southern China, has been hosting the street race for cars and motorbikes since 1954.

Improving year by year, he took the Privateers' Trophy in 2016 with a series of strong results culminating in an eleventh place finish and a fastest lap of over 128mph.

Paul Bird Motorsport rider Irwin was leading double victor Peter Hickman by over a second when the race was stopped. That's road racing and it's tough.


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