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NW200 race boss Mervyn Whyte rocked by fatal crash

Whyte expressed his sympathy to Mr Buckley's family and admitted he expects anti-road racing critics to have their say on the tragedy over the coming days.

"It hits you for six because we have done everything we can and put so much effort in and it's like being kicked in the stomach.

"We've got to take it on the chin and continue to do what we're doing in relation to safety," he added.

"My sympathy goes out to Mark's family, his wife Jayne and the family circle. I've known them really well and they're a working class family who work hard and have put their money into motorbikes and it's hard to accept it.

"You will have people who will call for racing to be stopped, but we had 100,000 people who came to see the event and that is a massive crowd.

"You have to look at the amount of people who support this sport and who turn up in their thousands to watch it."



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keepherlit - Unregistered

May 22, 2012 3:12 PM

NIGuy - I have ridden at both the NW200 and Tandragee circuits and yes I agree with you that the Tandgragee is far more of a 'riders' circuit requiring greater skill than is required for the NW200. However my view is also that the better riders would perform even better at the 'riders' circuits meaning that the gap between the superior BSB riders and the likes of the Dunlops/Farquhar would become even greater than was evident at the NW. You should thank your lucky stars that some of the really top BSB/Motogp riders don't currently compete at the NW200 the way they did in the 70s/80s era. Otherwise your current road race heros would be dicing for much lower positions.

realisticracefan - Unregistered

May 23, 2012 2:57 AM

Agree 100% Keepherlit . Ive m8s who raced the roads they agree theyd come knowhere on the Tracks .Seeley's good on the tracks & thats why he can Dominate the NW 200.as Did Plater & Hislop on IOM . The NW 200 claims big crowds ,But most are from carravan sites & locals who ar'nt Race fans .Theres not 100,000 going home down the motorway any year . Its a Money making scheme for M white & Co.Tas & the Stars get paid to be there, Never any coverage for the other Riders like IN BSB with witham etc . Mark Buckley's Death is felt through this county & We wish The Family our Sympathy.Hope the Family Get all the support they need .Mark was a well known Name Here & Was very well Respected .RIP Mark



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