Rider killed in freak crash

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012
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REMOVAL: A tow truck leaves the Timaru International Motor Raceway with a covered bike after a rider was killed on the track.

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An Ashburton motorcyclist was killed in a freak accident at the Timaru International Motor Raceway on Saturday.

Craig Hyde, 46, was taking part in a Classic Action Motorcycle Sport (CAMS) event.

Mr Hyde was riding in a group near the front on the first lap when he came off his bike on the sweeping Castrol Corner at the southern end of the track.

Other competitors scattered in an attempt to avoid the fallen rider but one struck him.

There were about 30 bikes racing at the time.

Mr Hyde died at the scene.

The Herald understands Mr Hyde and another rider may have come together, causing him to spill off his bike.

While police said no-one else was injured in the incident that killed Mr Hyde, a second man had been taken to Timaru Hospital's emergency department from an earlier race with serious chest injuries, a St John spokesman said.

A hospital spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition yesterday.

Police said Hyde was an experienced rider who had been racing for many years.

The death has been referred to the coroner.

Motorcycling NZ declined to comment until the police had completed their investigation.

CAMS was formed more than 20 years ago in Christchurch by a group of racers wanting to keep the classic bikes of yesteryear on the South Island race tracks.

Their website states it is a competitive race club but its philosophy on racing is about fun and presentation of its machinery.

Hyde is the second rider to die after an accident at Levels this year. Christchurch's Superstock rider Cameron Jones came off his motorcycle in a high speed crash on a warm-up lap in January.

He was transferred from Timaru to Christchurch in a coma but died 26 days later.

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