Daniel Hegarty: Tributes paid to British motorcyclist killed in tragic accident during Macau Grand Prix

Martin Coulter
Daniel Hegarty pictured with Lucy Draycott before his tragic accident: Lucy Draycott

The partner of British motorcycling star Daniel Hegarty who died after an accident in the Macua Motorcycle Grand Prix has paid tribute to him as "the love of her life".

The 31-year-old racer was critically injured after crashing into the barriers on his sixth lap of the course during Saturday's race - losing control on a corner known as 'Fishermen's Bend'.

Although the race was immediately halted, it was too late to save Mr Hegarty, who died while being transported to hospital.

Tributes poured in over social media as racing fans grieved his death and wished his friends and family well.

British rider Daniel Hegarty has died after an accident in the Macau Grand Prix (AFP/Getty Images)

His long-time partner, Lucy Draycott, wrote on Facebook: "The love of my life has passed away this morning...I need time to take in what has happened."

Mr Hegarty had previously expressed concerns over the risks associated with his sport, telling Road Racing Core on 2016: "it really scared [my son] for a long time".

"I find it hard with my children because my eldest son...understands things and he can get facts and statistics - like how many riders have died in the years.

"It really scared him for a long time, so I found myself explaining it to him...My parents are really scared. I wouldn't like to be them...I just told them I'm as focused as I can be to minimise the risk."

A statement from the race organisers said: "Daniel's family and team have been contacted, and the Macau Grand Prix committee will ensure every assistance is extended to them.

"The committee extends its deepest sympathies to Daniel's family and friends."