Fatality of Australian rider Kirk McCarthy

Kirk McCarthy loses his life August 16, 2004 - Victorian motorcycle racer Kirk McCarthy has passed away following an incident in the penultimate round of the Australian Superbike Championship at Queensland Raceway, near Ipswich, on Sunday,...

Kirk McCarthy loses his life

August 16, 2004 - Victorian motorcycle racer Kirk McCarthy has passed away following an incident in the penultimate round of the Australian Superbike Championship at Queensland Raceway, near Ipswich, on Sunday, August 15.

The incident occurred in the third and final Supersport race, which left the 35-year-old in a serious condition. Despite immediate medical assistance at the circuit and follow-up treatment at Ipswich Hospital, McCarthy passed away early on Sunday evening.

Motorcycling Australia, the national governing body for motorcycle racing, is currently investigating the incident, which occurred at Turn Four of Queensland Raceway.

McCarthy, from the outer Melbourne suburb of Mickleham, enjoyed a distinguished national and international racing career, which included stints in both the 500cc GP and Superbike World Championships following his crowning as 1995 Australian Superbike champion.

Upon his return to the local racing scene in 2003, Kirk finished seventh in the Australian Superbike Championship on a Honda before recently joining Suzuki's factory Supersport assault.

Motorcycling Australia and AUSCO, the promoter of the Australian Superbike Championship, extend their deepest sympathies to Kirk's family and friends at the loss of one of motorcycle racing's true characters.

-Motorcycling Australia

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