'Way too soon': Disbelief over 25-year-old Superbike star's death

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Ben Godfrey (L) in action at the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship race in 2015. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The motorsport world has been rocked by the tragic death of 25-year-old British Superbike star Ben Godfrey.

Godfrey died of injuries sustained in a collision with another rider at Donington Park in Leicestershire on Sunday.

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No Limits Track Days, the organisers of the event, wrote on Instagram: “During the second advanced group session of our No Limits Trackday today at Donington Park, Ben Godfrey, 25, collided with another bike on the approach to Redgate and fell from his machine.”

“Tragically he suffered serious injuries and despite immediate medical assistance trackside, he succumbed to his injuries shortly after.”

Tributes flow after Ben Godfrey’s death

Mark Neate, No Limits Trackdays director said; “I am so desperately sad that Ben died from the injuries he sustained.

“Ben really was a fantastic young man and friends with so many people in the paddock, he was always smiling and had time for everyone.

“He was very excited for the start of the season and had taken part in many trackdays in the last month.

“Our thoughts are with his family, his partner Jordan and his team-mates and friends.”

Godfrey was due to compete for Team BGR in the Ducati TiOptions Cup at Silverstone later this year.

Fellow British Superbike racer Glenn Irwin led tributes on social media.

“Rest in peace Ben Godfrey. Gone way too soon. My thoughts are with his family, friends and team,” Irwin wrote on Facebook.

Police open inquiry into Ben Godfrey’s death

Leicestershire police said they are investigating the circumstances that led to Godfrey’s death.

“We were called at 11.20am today to a report of a collision at Donington Park. It happened at around 10.30am and involved two motorcycles,” a spokesperson said.

“Officers attended the location where a 25-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“A second man, 31, sustained serious injuries and was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment.

“Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the collision are ongoing.”

with agencies