North West 200 bosses have named the rider who passed away following the incident in today’s Supertwins race as 20-year-old Malachi Mitchell-Thomas.
Fighting for a rostrum finish, Mitchell-Thomas crashed on the approach to Black Hill on the third lap of today’s Supertwin race, which was then immediately red flagged before organisers cancelled all further action. He was attended to by the MCUI medical team but succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
Despite his road racing career beginning just two years ago, Mitchell-Thomas had already established himself as an up and coming talent. He finished second in the Newcomers A race at the 2014 Manx Grand Prix before going on to shatter both race and lap records on his way to a breathtaking victory in the Senior Manx last year.
The Bolton rider got off to a strong start in 2016, with a hat-trick of wins at the Mid Antrim 150 and impressive podiums at Tandragee.
He had enjoyed an positive start to the 2016 North West 200 including a commendable fourth place in the second supersport race after a scrap for the podium with Peter Hickman.
MCN extends their deepest condolences to the Malachi’s family and friends at this difficult time.