A BRITISH motorcyclist’s wife has told of her devastation after “love of life” Daniel Hegarty was killed in a high-speed crash in Macau.
The Nottingham rider, 31, was killed after hitting the barriers on the outside of the circuit and losing his crash helmet.
Following the horror incident, Hegarty’s girlfriend Lucy Draycott said how “the love of my life passed away”.
Draycott took to Facebook to say: “It is with a broken heart to tell you that the love of my life passed away this morning.
“I just need time to take in what has happened and would appreciate if people could just be patient with me and wait for contact.
Hegarty died while being taken to hospital following the accident on lap six at Fishermen’s Bend.
A statement from the organisers said: “The Macau Grand Prix Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Daniel.
“Daniel’s family and team have been contacted, and the Committee will ensure every assistance is extended to them.”
The Topgun Racing Honda rider, who regularly competed at the Isle of Man TT, was taking part in his second Macau GP having finished 16th last year.
Fellow Brit Glenn Irwin was declared the winner with the race not being restarted after the red flag.
Hegarty is the first rider to die at Macau since Portugal’s Luis Carreira was killed in qualifying in 2012.
There were no anthems of champagne as the podium was held, with race-winner Irwin saying it was “not a celebration”.
Speaking to the BBC Irwin said: “It’s a very sad end to what has been a successful week.”
“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. I’m still pretty new to it.”
Macau, in southern China, has been hosting the street race for cars and motorbikes since 1954.