Well-liked British motojournalist Kevin Ash was killed in a motorcycle accident during a BMW press introduction yesterday in South Africa.
Ash was the Daily Telegraph's motorcycling correspondent, a regular columnist for Motor Cycle News (MCN) and a former staffer at MCN. He also was one of the founders of Fast Bikes magazine in England. He was 53.
"It is with deep regret that BMW Motorrad confirms the fatal injury of Kevin Ash in a motorcycle accident during a launch event in South Africa," said a statement issued by BMW. "The accident happened to the north of a town called George, 250 kilometers east of Cape Town. Out of respect for Kevin's family and friends, no further information is being made available at this time."
Adrian Roderick, the general manager for BMW Motorrad UK, told MCN: "We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the awful news about Kevin Ash; one of the most well-liked, experienced and respected journalists in the extremely close-knit motorcycle community. Losing Kevin is a tragedy that will be felt across the entire industry. He was a friend, as much as a journalist, and will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this awful time."
Ash is survived by his wife and three daughters.