Figures from across the motorcycling industry have been paying their tributes to Simon Andrews following the news of his tragic death in the wake of an accident during the North West 200.

A podium winner at British Superbike level, where had been competing with RAF Reserves Honda in 2014, and an adept road racer, Simon had become a popular and respected figure in the motorcycling paddock.

Led by British Superbike series director Stuart Higgs, riders, team managers and commentators have been paying tribute to the 31-year-old.

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"I am deeply saddened by today's news. I've known Simon since he made his British Championship debut in 2000. He was extremely highly regarded and his comebacks from serious injuries in recent years earned the utmost admiration and total respect of everyone.

"On behalf of the Championship I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Simon's father Stuart, his mother Dee, his sister Claire and all his family, friends and team members."

Simon is survived by his parents Stuart and Dee, as well as his sister Claire and his girlfriend Lisa. wishes to send its sincerest condolences to Simon's family and friends at this difficult time.