Following his crash on lap four of the Superstock race at the North West 200 on Saturday, Simon Andrews succumbed to his injuries on Monday afternoon.
The hugely popular 29 year old had enjoyed an incredibly varied and successful career having raced throughout the BSB paddock, WSB, the Endurance World Championship along with the NW200, Macau and the TT.
While he was competitive in BSB his most notable successes came on the roads and included being the fastest new comer at the 2011 TT with a best lap of 125.808mph in the Senior along with a podium at Macau in 2012.
He was also one of the most determined riders in modern racing having not only survived a number of horrific crashes, but by enduring weeks and months of rehabilitation to enable him to return to racing and continue to do what he loved.
Since the announcement of his passing there has been an out pouring of emotion from the racing fraternity sharing their experiences and good times with Andrews along with their grief.
Andrews’ father Stuart said: ““Simon loved road racing and he loved competing at the North West 200.”
“He has had a motorbike since he was 4 years old and started racing when he was 16. From that first race Simon progressed to riding for the factory Honda TT Legends team and his Mum and I are very proud of his racing achievements.”
“Road racing was in his blood and Simon preferred the roads to short circuits. He was fully aware of the dangers involved but he loved the challenge that that offered. Simon always said ‘Once you’ve been on the roads there’s nothing else to compare with it.”
“Simon made his road racing debut at the North West 200 in 2011. He loved the racing, the relaxed atmosphere and the fans he met there. Simon always said that the North West fans were the most knowledgeable in the world as they knew everything about the sport and the bikes.”
“Ireland had a special place in his heart as he scored his first ever championship point in a meeting at Mondello Park.”
“Simon loved children and I always remember how he would kneel down to be at the same height as the kids who asked him for his autograph or picture. Throughout his career Simon has always been involved with various charities and that is why we have made a donation of his organs today. Simon always wanted that to happen.”
MCN would like to express their sincere condolences to all of Simon’s family and friends at this time.
For a special tribute to the man, racer and friend from the people that knew him best see MCN out Wednesday May 21.