Motorcycling: Brit rider dies
Craig Jones has died from the injuries sustained in a crash at Sunday's World Supersport Championship round at Brands Hatch.
Last Updated: 09/08/08 6:38pm
British rider Craig Jones has died in hospital from the injuries sustained in a crash at Sunday's British round of the World Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch.
The 23-year-old, who raced for the Parkalgar Honda Team, fell at Clark Curve as he challenged for the lead and was subsequently struck by the bike of a following rider.
The race was instantly stopped and Jones was given emergency treatment at the track before being airlifted to hospital in London.
However, he was unable to overcome the serious head injuries he suffered and passed away at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel with his family by his side on Wednesday morning.
Jones' team manager at Parkalgar Honda, Simon Buckmaster, said: "It is with great sadness that we learned Craig passed away in the early hours.
"The team's thoughts are with Craig's family and friends at this very difficult time. His family pass on their thanks to all well-wishers."
During his career, Jones won the 1996 British Junior Mini-Moto Championship, the 1997 British Senior Mini-Moto Championship, 2002 British Junior Superstock Championship as well as other numerous race victories and awards.
In 2005 he finished runner-up in the British Supersport Championship before moving to the World Superbike Championship for 2006.
Last year he finished fifth in the World Supersport Championship, while this season he was a regular podium finisher and amongst the favourites for the Championship title.