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RIP SIMON ANDREWS

Post by Bobtra69 on Tue May 20, 2014 6:27 am

Sad to say Simon Andrews has passed away from injuries from his accident in the Superstocks race at the NW200 on Saturday.

RIP Simon.

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Post by Jimbob on Tue May 20, 2014 7:10 am

Saw this earlier and was shocked as it sounded like he was getting better.
RIP Simon such a tragic loss
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Post by Jimbob on Wed May 21, 2014 7:52 am

Not my words but a lot of truth spoken here . . .

Simon Andrews lost his life at the 2014 North West 200 in a crash on a very fast, straight section of road into Portrush. He was dismounted at high speed and suffered an impact with the kerb causing severe injuries. Typically in these circumstances the rider is put into an induced coma and airlifted. Simon showed some signs of recovery but passed away on Monday 19th May.

This along with an incident on the previous Thursday when a French rookie rider sustained severe injuries has induced the inevitable outcry from those who have nothing to do with the sport, suggesting that running the event is no longer feasible and indeed any government funding should be stopped. I feel the need to comment.

I feel this reaction is insulting to the life of Simon Andrews and all those other riders who have lost their lives for the sport. The implication that these riders need protecting from themselves assumes the commentator has a higher level of intellect than the rider, or at least understands risks that the rider cannot or chooses not to understand. Let us take Simon as a case in point. Simon Andrews has suffered three previous serious injuries from accidents at Le Mans (both arms and legs broken, all ribs broken, back broken and a collapsed lung, his liver failed, he was put on a ventilator and he was put into a coma for a week), Isle of Man TT (Two ruptured eyes balls, a broken shoulder, a broken wrist, a broken ankle on the already injured leg, a dislocated shoulder and a dislocated thumb) and Thruxton. So don’t tell me that man didn’t understand risk. Consider what it took for a body that badly broken to be worked back into shape fit enough to take on challenges like the NW200. That just shows how utterly determined the man was to follow his dream.

There is no stopping these men. They have a certain type of mind that needs adrenaline that the rest of us spend our lives avoiding. They live fast and often die young. But when they are alive – they are really alive. To quote another great rider who is sadly no longer with us as a result of a crash in Moto GP, Marco Simoncelli, ‘You live more for 5 minutes going fast on a bike than other people do in all of their life’. That ought to give you and idea of what makes these people tick – what they LIVE FOR.

So don’t presume that these great men and women don’t fully understand what they do. They dedicate their lives to it, they get hurt and they keep doing it. Because otherwise they would be unhappy. I’d rather be happy for 25 years than miserable for 90, and who is to say which is right? There is not one rider on the NW200 grid who has not been directly affected by a racing tragedy. There are fathers riding the year after they lost their son to the sport. There have been sons racing the same week their father died in the same race. These people are not stupid. To them, it is worth it. Most lay-people will never understand that and to my mind are poorer for it.

Remember that these men can’t be changed. If they were not taking part in legal adrenaline rushes, they would find much more dangerous illegal ones. Better to be riding round the NW200 with as many crash barriers as can be provided, with medics and marshals and air ambulances than jumping off a bridge in the desert with a silk sheet in your pocket.

So feel free to spend your life trying to make it last as long as possible. Spend your time piling up your cash for a retirement you may or may not reach or be able to enjoy. Stay safe, avoid risk, concentrate on getting through life without getting hurt.

But please do not be so presumptuous as to think that your way ought to be imposed on anyone else. Because life without risk, to some people, is no life at all.
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Re: RIP SIMON ANDREWS

Post by Guest on Wed May 21, 2014 8:16 am

That has to be the truest statement ever written about bike racers, no one goes racing thinking they wont get hurt, anyone who does is just plain stupid! It also, to a lesser extent, gives reason as to why we ride our bikes the way we do. When some one says to me "oh motorcycles are dangerous, why do you ride one?", the answer is " if you have to ask, then you'll never know! Motorcycles and motorcycle racing can be dangerous, but then so can crossing the road, waiting at a bus stop, sitting in your own living room etc etc. Some of us have been out there and raced, some of us prefer to watch someone else racing, but being a motorcyclist/biker (whichever you want to call it), we can kind of understand why these guys go out there and keep going out there to race. Some thing that average Joe just won't understand!
RIP Simon Andrews and all the others before you, you died doing what you loved.

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Post by Jimbob on Wed May 21, 2014 8:25 am

Exactly why I had to copy and paste it as it's the best summary of biking I've ever read.

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Post by Robby on Wed May 21, 2014 8:40 am

Saw the clip on youtube the other day but read about him getting better - this is the first time i heard he'd died - sad news.
As for banning the NW200 - well look at Simochelli, he was on a track with run off areas - there is no 100% safe enviroment for racing or any sports for that matter, people can get killed or seriously injured in any sports whether it be on road, track, water, pitch - should every sport be banned?
Everyone who takes part in extreme sports knows the risk - it's a shame when something happens but they don't have to take the risk.

Guess they'll be a write up in mcn tommorow
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Re: RIP SIMON ANDREWS

Post by Bobtra69 on Thu May 22, 2014 7:33 pm

Well said all, Simon was very unlucky to have some major accidents, not always his fault, but his resolve to fight back from horrific injuries and jump back on a bike again is surely a lesson for us all in life especially the spineless nobodys who would have us all wrapped in cotton wool all our lives to eventually die in an old folks home sitting our own piss. Not me.

More people suffer serious injuries falling off ladders a year than falling off bikes. Shall we ban them?

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Re: RIP SIMON ANDREWS

Post by JACKO71 on Thu May 22, 2014 10:13 pm

some very good points raised by all, really glad the folk i care about on bikes do take it seriusly and understand whats at risk, but like it so much that risk is assessed and enjoyed. 
 R.I.P. simon andrews....
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Post by JACKO71 on Thu May 22, 2014 10:15 pm

Bobtra69 wrote:especially the spineless nobodys who would have us all wrapped in cotton wool all our lives to eventually die in an old folks home sitting our own piss. Not me.


no bob, not me either pal.....
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