Carlton Baxter Communications have this evening, Friday, August 10 at 7.33pm, issued the following statement on behalf of the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club – the organising club of the Ulster Grand Prix.
“It is with much sadness that the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club confirm that Lee Vernon has passed away in hospital following an incident during the Dundrod 150 road races on Thursday.
"Lee, a 24-year-old rider from Stoke-on-Trent, was taking part in the Superbike race when the tragic incident happened.
"Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course said: ‘I am deeply saddened by the news of Lee’s death. He first came to Dundrod as an 18-year-old novice and has been back every year since. He was lovely lad and a credit to the sport and to his family. He will be sorely missed.’
"Lee’s family have asked for people to respect their privacy and give them time to come to terms with what has happened.
"They have decided to go along with Lee’s wishes for his organs to be donated, so that his memory can live on.
"His family would like to convey their thanks to everyone who has offered their support and to the people who have provided practical help at this difficult time.
"The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club wish to extend their heartfelt sympathies to Lee’s family and circle of friends.”