Simon Andrews' father makes emotional NW200 return

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Simon Andrews’ father has made an emotional return to the North West 200 a year after the Worcestershire rider lost his life at the race.

Paying a glowing tribute to the race and the people involved in it, Stuart says that it was important to him that he return to show his support and his thanks to the team behind the event.

“After last year, it was always obvious that I would have to have to come this year. The family are still grieving, but I thought it was important that we come back and support the race again. Simon loved Northern Ireland, loved the people and loved racing here.

“The other side of the equation is that it’s important that we come here and show that these young men love what they’re doing here, and unfortunately we lost Simon but although it might have been a short life it was a very enjoyable one, and he had a great time doing it!”

Simon was seriously hurt during racing at last year’s event, and passed away a few days later. A foundation set up in his honour has raised thousands of pounds for both injured riders and for his local air ambulances.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer