The Isle of Man TT and the Dakar Rally are two events we cover here at Asphalt & Rubber where we know statistically we will have to report a racer’s death each year.
Unfortunately, those numbers hold true for the 2015 Dakar Rally, as Polish competitor Michal Hernik died while racing Stage 3 of the course, between San Juan and Chilecito.
Hernik’s body was found at kilometer 206, roughly 300 meters off the course’s path. Tests performed later by doctors suggest that Hernik succumbed to dehydration and hypothermia.
It is with great regret that we have to report the passing of Bobby Goodin, a motorcycle racer at the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Finishing fourth in the Pikes Peak Middleweight motorcycle class, spectators say Goodin lost control of his Triumph Daytona 675R after crossing the finish line at the mountain’s summit. According to our sources and others that witnessed the crash, Goodin’s motorcycle crash occurred where the road transitions from pavement of the race course to the dirt of the parking lot. A very short transition from our last viewing, Goodin’s accident occurred after the 54-year-old raised him arm to celebrate finishing the 92nd running of the Race to the Clouds, and was then flung into a group of boulders down the mountain’s side.
More sad news from MotoGP this weekend, as we have recieved word that Shoya Tomizawa died today during a tragic accident in the Moto2 race at the San Marino GP. Entangling with riders Scott Redding and Alex de Angelis, Tomizawa sustained massive injuries to his chest and back, and later succumbed to those injuries at the hospital in Riccione. Tomizawa was in fourth, battling with the lead group, when he crashed during the 12th lap of the race.
UPDATE: We’ve gotten further information that Thomas Destories wasn’t on a motorcycle when he shot at the speed camera van, instead he was driving a truck at the time of the shooting. He was however on a motorcycle when he was arrested, and was armed with a gun and ammunition at that time. Thanks for the tip Stacey! Thomas Destories, a 68 year old motorcycle rider, has apparently shot to death a speed camera operator in what police are calling a ride-by shooting. After opening fire on speed camera operator Doug Georgianni’s van, Destories turned himself in to the local police department. He has subsequently been charged with the first-degree murder of the 51-year-old camera operator. “I’m sorry. I was going to turn myself in,” Destories, 68, told police. “I didn’t mean for anyone to get hurt.” During the incident five shots were fired at the marked Safety Camera van. Three…