BBC Sport confirms that motorcyclist Daniel Hegarty has died after hitting the barrier at the Macau Grand Prix. Hegarty was airlifted to the hospital but died in transit. He was 31 years old.
Glenn Irwin was declared the winner but BBC Sport notes that there were no celebrations at the end of the race following the fatal crash. He added:
The win is all irrelevant now and I wouldn’t have won the race had it gone the distance.
It’s a tragic end to the day. That’s road racing and it’s tough.
The Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee also released a statement regarding Hegarty’s death
The Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee regrets to announce that, following an incident during the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 51st Edition today (November 18 2017) at Fishermen’s Bend, the rider of bike number 8, Daniel Hegarty, aged 31, suffered serious injuries.
The race was immediately stopped and Daniel was transferred to hospital. It is with great regret that we have to announce that the British rider succumbed to his injuries en route to the Conde S. Januario Hospital.
Daniel’s family and team have been contacted, and the Committee will ensure every assistance is extended to them.
The Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Daniel.