Tragic Cadwell accident claims the life of Chris Jones
Teenager succumbs to injuries after British 125GP incident
MotorSport Vision regrets to announce the death of British 125GP Championship rider Chris Jones after an accident during yesterday's British Superbike Championship meeting at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire.
Red Bull Honda team rider Chris, who was 14-years old and from Bromsgrove, was involved in a nine-bike accident as the riders left the grid in the British 125GP Championship/ACU Academy Cup race. Rescue and medical crews were immediately on the scene.
Chris was critically injured in the accident and was flown by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to Hull Royal Infirmary but succumbed to his injuries this morning (Tuesday, Aug 30).
Carl Thomas Andrews, 14, from Newark, sustained a right shoulder injury in the accident and was transferred by ambulance to Lincoln Hospital. Jon Vincent, 38, from Bickerstaffe, sustained abdominal injuries and was transferred by ambulance to Grimsby Hospital.
Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision, said: "To have a fatality in motorsport is always terribly sad, but for a 14-year old to lose his life is quite devastating and my thoughts are mainly of course with Chris's family, but also his team and the many friends he had in the motor cycle racing world.
"Chris was an extremely talented young rider who was surely destined for great future success. He had been racing bikes since the age of nine and had competed in over 60 races in that time. I have watched him compete many times in 125cc races at our circuits and admired his talent. Chris was absolutely passionate about his sport and it showed in his results.
"I would also like to pay tribute to the most professional work undertaken by event organisers MCRCB, and the emergency and medical team at Cadwell Park yesterday who, together with Yorkshire Air Ambulance and staff at Hull Royal Infirmary, did everything they could possibly do to save Chris's life."
Chris was competing in his first season with the Red Bull Honda squad and was proving his talent, with two wins and several further podium finishes to his name so far. He was third in the points coming into the Cadwell Park event, and was clearly destined for a bright future.