Italian rider Dario Cecconi has died as a result of injuries he suffered in an accident at the Tandragee 100 road races on Saturday in Northern Ireland.

The 38-year-old, making his sixth appearance at the event, came off on the final lap of the Senior Support race.

The sad news was announced on Tuesday night by the event organisers.

A statement said: "The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club (Tarmac Section) Ltd deeply regrets to announce that Dario Cecconi, a 38-year-old competitor from Italy, who sustained serious injuries after the chequered flag had gone out for the Senior Support Race on Saturday 22nd April 2017, has succumbed to his injuries.

"Dario was a much loved competitor, who called the Tandragee 100 his 'home', did much to promote the Tandragee 100 across Europe and even had a tattoo of the Tandragee 100 course on his arm.

"Dario will be very sadly missed by the club. He was an experienced competitor who had competed in a number of Irish road races - this year being his sixth year at Tandragee.

"The officials and the club extend their sympathy to Dario's family and partner at this saddest of times."

The Tandragee meeting was the first Irish National road race of 2017.

Everyone at Crash.Net sends their condolences to the family and friends of Mr Cecconi.

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