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.
Rest in peace Ben Godfrey. King of the Dutch Superbike race at Assen. pic.twitter.com/3llTpPu1Dy— Glenn Irwin (@GIrwinRacing) June 21, 2020
Difficult to believe. The racing community has lost another great person and talented rider 😢 so sad and so sorry for his family and friends. My thoughts are with you all.— Gino Rea (@GinoRea) June 21, 2020
R.I.P Ben Godfrey 💔 https://t.co/acdg8tdP6W
Really shocked and saddened to hear about what happened at Donington today. RIP Ben Godfrey, taken far too soon❤️💫 pic.twitter.com/QtnMT6NpBL— Sam Holme #42 (@SamHolme42) June 21, 2020
Just heard some dreadful news from testing at Donington, can't believe it....— Jonny Lee 6️⃣9️⃣Esq.🐾 (@jonnylee6_9) June 21, 2020
R.I.P.. Ben Godfrey 😥
RIP Ben Godfrey 😢— David Scott Carson (@TwoDavesRacing) June 21, 2020
We first raced against Ben in the Darley Moor Formula 125 races in 2009 & watched his rise into the British championships, all the while staying the same friendly and approachable lad he was as a young kid. Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/SonQC1JSKj
Earlier today I received a message telling me that my friend and 2018 Team mate Ben Godfrey lost his life in a Crash while out testing.— Liam Delves #️⃣0️⃣7️⃣ (@LDRRacing) June 21, 2020
I will miss you Ben 😪#RIP #BG16 #racetheclouds pic.twitter.com/lyC4fTYvAc
Sad to hear the news today about ben_godfrey_racing16 😭We spent some time together and you can't say he didn't try. Ride the sky's and Rest In Peace. Our thoughts are with his family and friends from everyone at MSS… https://t.co/OTuZeW3MnG— MSS Performance (@MSSPerformance) June 21, 2020
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.”