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Simon Andrews' parents 'proud' of their son

Simon Andrews' father has paid a poignant tribute to his son, who sadly died following an accident at the North West 200
Simon Andrews' parents say they are 'proud' of what their son achieved in motorcycle racing.

The 31-year-old sadly died after an accident in the Superstock race at the North West 200 on Saturday.

His father, Stuart, said racing on the roads was 'in his blood' as he paid a poignant tribute to his son.

“Simon loved road racing and he loved competing at the North West 200. He has had a motorbike since he was four years old and started racing when he was 16. From that first race Simon progressed to riding for the factory Honda TT Legends team and his mum and I are very proud of his racing achievements,” Mr Andrews aid.

“Road racing was in his blood and Simon preferred the roads to short circuits. He was fully aware of the dangers involved but he loved the challenge that that offered. Simon always said, 'Once you've been on the roads there's nothing else to compare with it.'

“Simon made his road racing debut at the North West 200 in 2011. He loved the racing, the relaxed atmosphere and the fans he met there. Simon always said that the North West fans were the most knowledgeable in the world as they knew everything about the sport and the bikes,” he added.

“Ireland had a special place in his heart as he scored his first ever championship point in a meeting at Mondello Park [near Dublin].

“Simon loved children and I always remember how he would kneel down to be at the same height as the kids who asked him for his autograph or picture. Throughout his career Simon has always been involved with various charities and that is why we have made a donation of his organs today. Simon always wanted that to happen.”

Andrews was competing for the Penz13.com team at the North West and team principal Rico Penzkofer said he was 'lost for words' following the tragedy.

“At such moments, I have no words. Road racing is our life, our passion, our world, but on days like these, we unfortunately live with the downside of the coin,” he said.

“Words cannot heal the wounds of today, but we wish Simon's family all strength and power they need in these difficult times. Simon, mate, we all will never forget you.”

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May 20, 2014 7:17 PM

And proud you should be Mr Andrews your son achieved what most of us can only dream of. I know you will be sad at this time but also be proud of your talented son and the way he conducted himself. A top bloke popular and respected i say . Thanks Simon


May 20, 2014 5:47 PM

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