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Otley motorcyclist killed in race in Northern Ireland.

Otley motorcyclist killed in race in Northern Ireland.

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 10:03am 22nd August 2017. (Updated at 2:51pm 22nd August 2017)

Tributes have been paid to a motorcyclist from Otley who has died from injuries sustained in a race in Northern Ireland.

Gavin Lupton, 37, was taking part in the Dundrod 150 Challenge, part of the Ulster Grand Prix, when he crashed on Thursday 10th August.

His wife Hannah confirmed news of his death yesterday, via social media:

"My lovely husband Gavin Lupton passed away this morning.

"This was a race he couldn't win despite trying his best.

"Your kind wishes and thoughts have been a source of comfort to all his family and close friends.

"Our hearts are broken."

Mr Lupton came off his bike at the 'Lougher's' section of the 7.4 mile Dundrod circuit.

No other riders were involved in the incident.

Race organisers have released a statement on their website:

"It is with much sadness that the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club has learned that English rider Gavin Lupton has succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the Dundrod 150 Challenge race on Thursday 10th August.

"Gavin, also known as 'Luppy', was an experienced and popular rider who had been competing at the Ulster Grand Prix since 2015.

"The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club would like to offer its heartfelt condolences to Gavin’s family, friends and team, and requests that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with his passing."

Mr Lupton's family have paid tribute to staff and hospital workers who fought to save his life, offering their thanks to "the people of Belfast, especially the Ulster GP & the staff at The Royal Victoria Hospital for all they did for us and Gav."

Gavin's sister Jess added:

"My brother was a true Yorkshire gentleman who's made us all so very proud.

"He died doing what he loved."

Mr Lupton was the second rider to die as the result of a crash at this year's Ulster Grand Prix after Jamie Hodson, 35, from Wigan, died in hospital on 10th August.