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Racer Myles Byrne dies during 65th running of Skerries road races

A blistering day of racing came to a tragic end when the Grand Final of the Skerries 100 road races was abandoned following a crash which claimed the life of a rider and injured a spectator.
A racer was killed and a spectator injured in a crash which led to the Grand Final of the Skerries 100 road races being abandoned, bringing a blistering day of racing to a tragic end.

Irish road racing regular Myles Byrne died in a crash at the start of the Grand Final on Saturday. It was reported a spectator was also seriously injured in the incident which claimed the life of the popular County Meath rider.

The Grand Final should have been a spectacular end to what had been a fine day of racing at the 65th Skerries meeting just north of Dublin, but the first lap crash led to the race being halted and abandoned, ending the day under a cloud.

Keith Amor, one of the stars of the day, passed on his condolences to family and friends of those involved in the crash.

Amor, back in action after a three-week break since the Isle of Man TT, was in the mix throughout the day, resuming his elbow-to-elbow road racing battle with Ryan Farquhar.

The rivalry which dominated much of the 2009 season on the roads continued first with the Open race, where Falkirk's Amor held off Dungannon's Farquhar until the late stages when he started to struggle with the handling of his KBMG Racing BMW and arm pump. Amor focused on battling for the runners-up spot and managed to hold off Michael Dunlop to claim second behind Farquhar.

Amor then switched to his Kojak Racing Honda for the Supersport 60cc race, which proved the race of the day.

He battled with Farquhar and the Dunlop brothers Michael and William for honours in a gripping race-long showdown.

The lead repeatedly changed hands in the early laps, but Amor fought his way to the front of the four rider group and opened up a slight gap before backmarkers in the closing stages allowed the foursome to close right back up again.

Aided by a new lap record of 107.263mph, Amor crossed the line at the end of the 8 laps 0.349s ahead of Farquhar. He then led the opening lap of the Grand Final before the race was stopped due to a serious accident that claimed the life of Byrne.

Amor said:

β€œI really enjoyed being back out on the bikes today and it's a real shame that the day ended in the manner it did, so sincere condolences to all concerned.”

β€œIt's great to be back out on a bike again and although it took me a few laps to get dialled back in, by the second race I felt comfortable and enjoyed myself out there.”

Related Pictures

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Keith Amor and Ryan Farquhar do battle during the 2010 Skerries 100 road races, the 65th meeting of the popular road racing festival outside Dublin (Alan Armstrong Photography)
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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Gaz - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 11:04 PM

Posted by Jelly "Trouble is alot of RR type bikers just don't cut it on the short (Safe!) tracks! " Yeah your right but you will find its the same the other way round if they decide to have a go :p Long live Road Racing :D

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