British superbike rider Daniel Hegarty has died after a horrific crash in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The last death at the Macau Grand Prix was in 2012 when Portugal's Luis Carreira was killed during qualifying.
However, a statement issued by the race organizer confirmed that he died en route to the hospital.
The motorcyclist, who raced for Top Gun Racing Honda, came off his bike at a sharp bend during the sixth lap and was flung into barriers, losing his helmet and sustaining fatal injuries.
The 31-year-old British rider was taking part in his second Macao Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Macau, a resort city in southern China, has been hosting the street race for cars and motorbikes since 1954.
PBM Ducati's Glenn Irwin has taken his maiden Macau GP victory today in a race that was red-flagged after six laps following a serious crash.
"The Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Daniel", the organizers said in a statement.
Hegarty had told Bikesportnews.com past year that he had turned to the road events because that style of racing "didn't hurt my elbow so much".
Fellow Brit Glenn Irwin was declared the victor with the race not being restarted after the red flag.
All three riders were visibly upset when they mounted the podium, and there was a tense atmosphere among teams gathered in pit lane as fears for Hegarty spread around the track.
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