Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Macau Grand Prix: NI's Glenn Irwin wins after accident halts race

Macau Grand Prix: NI's Glenn Irwin wins after accident halts race

Despite being stopped on the sixth lap, Northern Ireland's Glenn Irwin was named as the race's victor but admitted it "was not a celebration".

British rider Daniel Hegarty died in an accident at the 2017 Macao Motorcycle Grand Prix here on Saturday.

Daniel Hegarty, 31, from Nottingham, died from his injuries before before arriving at hospital, according to local public broadcaster TDM.

The 31-year-old crashed on the seventh lap of the race at Fisherman's corner and succumbed to his injuries.

The race was red flagged and never restarted while the MotoGP rider was treated. The podium presentation was held without anthems or champagne.

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"The Macau Grand Prix Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Daniel".

"It was just three people standing on boxes", Irwin said.

The race was immediately called off and fears for the Topgun Racing Honda rider's condition were heightened when the post-race press conference was cancelled.

Irwin said: "I appreciate all the congratulations, but the result is irrelevant, and all our thoughts are with Dan's team and family at this very sad time".

It said Mr Hegarty was the 16th person to die on the Circuito da Gula since the Macau race's debut in 1954. That's road racing and it's tough.

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