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NW200: Irish team stunned by death of Mitchell-Thomas

'He loved life and racing and the talent and enthusiasm just bubbled out of him. He was a joy to be around' - John Burrows.
Irish race team owner John Burrows says the tragic death of young prospect Malachi Mitchell-Thomas at the North West 200 has spoken of his shock over the tragedy.

The 20-year-old, who joined Burrows' Cookstown/B.E. Racing team for 2016, came off while holding third place in Saturday's Supertwins race and sadly died at the scene.

Burrows, himself a former racer, has been left reeling by the accident: The whole team has been devastated by Malachi's death, to be honest everyone is in a state of shock.

“Of course, Malachi's loss will be felt most by his family and his close friends and I'd like to offer my heartfelt condolences to his nearest and dearest.

“Malachi had only been with the team a few months but he quickly became part of the family and we will all miss him so much. He loved life and racing and the talent and enthusiasm just bubbled out of him. He was a joy to be around,” Burrows added.

“Before he started the Supertwins race he had a massive smile on his face as he has just ridden the race of his life, finishing fourth in the Supersport race ahead of the likes of Dean Harrison, John McGuinness and James Hillier. I will never forget that smile, it's just so cruel that we have lost him.”

Burrows was also due to run Peter Hickman at the Isle of Man TT this year in the Lightweight race on a Kawasaki Supertwins, but says his plans are on hold for now.

“I've been asked what my racing plans are but for now my thoughts are with Malachi's family,” he said.

“Malachi's father Kevin wants the team to race on but I want time to consider everything and I'll make an announcement in due course.

“In the immediate future all I'm focused on is giving my support to Malachi's family and helping the team get through a very difficult period.”

Related Pictures

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Malachi Mitchell-Thomas
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.
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.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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May 17, 2016 9:32 AM

jfc1: how can you be stunned by the death of anyone who roadraces it's practically predicatable
As you are clearly not a race fan, why bother even commenting on something you know nothing about? Very sad event and it affected everyone who was there that day. It's a dangerous sport and deaths do happen. Without the risk though these heroes would find some other way to fire up their engines. Just be glad that there are people like Malachi to give our own lives some perspective.


May 17, 2016 10:39 AM

Everyone will miss Malachi's effervescent enthusiasm. He had the cheek and good looks of a young Barry S and brought a sparkle to the paddock. On Irish TV his Dad showed dignity and bravery when talking about him.

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