Rider killed in NW200 race crash

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 19/5/2012'Mark Buckley, rider who is seriously injured after a crash in the superstock race at the North West 200 today'PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 19/5/2012'Mark Buckley, rider who is seriously injured after a crash in the superstock race at the North West 200 today'PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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TRIBUTES have been paid to Mark Buckley, who died at Saturday’s NW200.

Buckley (35) from Scotland died in hospital after an incident near York Corner. He had been taking part in the third race, the Superstock race, on Saturday afternoon.

Organisers have not fully established the cause of the crash yet, and are investigating the circumstances along with the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (MCUI).

Mervyn Whyte, North West 200 event director, said everybody was devastated by Mr Buckley’s death.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jayne and we extend our deepest sympathies to the entire family circle,” he said. “There were no other riders involved in the incident.”

Mr Buckley was a regular competitor at the North West 200 and was expecting to compete at the TT races in the Isle of man in June