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Rider Fabrice Miguet dies after crash at Ulster Grand Prix

French rider Fabrice Miguet crashed while racing at the Ulster Grand Prix in Dundrod on Saturday. Picture by Steven Davison, Pacemaker
Paul Ainsworth

A motorcyclist who crashed while racing at the Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday has died.

French rider Fabrice Miguet, from Normandy, came off his bike while competing in the Superstock race of the event, which is held annually at Dundrod, Co Antrim. His death was confirmed yesterday evening.

The 49-year-old was a regular racer at the Ulster Grand Prix.

His death is the latest to hit the sport of motorbike racing this year, following the loss of riders including William Dunlop, who was killed while practising at the Skerries 100 Road Races in Co Dublin.

Ulster Grand Prix clerk of the course Noel Johnston described Fabrice Miguet as a "big character" who had "become part of the fabric of the event".

He said: "I've known Fabrice, or Mig as he's known to many, for over 20 years, even before I became clerk of the course at the Ulster Grand Prix. We have been in constant contact with his team and family since Saturday, both directly and via local authorities, and I am extremely saddened to know that he has succumbed to his injuries.

"Our thoughts are with Fabrice's parents and the Optimark team, as well as his wider circle of family and friends as they come to terms with their loss."

Lisburn and Castlereagh Mayor Uel Mackin said: "Fabrice was well known to the local motorcycle road racing community in Northern Ireland. Our thoughts and prayers are with Fabrice's family and friends at this very difficult time."

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