British road racer Simon Andrews passed away on Monday, May 19, the result of his crash in the Superstock race on Saturday in the North West 200. The 29-year-old Andrews died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Ireland, with his family by his side.
Andrews was the second rider seriously injured in the Irish road race with Frenchman Franck Petricola listed in critical condition on Monday after crashing in a practice session last Tuesday.
"Road racing was in his blood and Simon preferred the roads to short circuits,” his father Stuart told the Belfast Telegraph on Monday. “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.’ “
Andrews was riding for the Penz13.com BMW team.
Andrews had raced in World Superbike, British Superbike and British Supersport.