Simon Andrews (motorcycle racer)

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Simon Andrews
Simon Andrews - BSB Snetterton 2009.jpg
Simon Andrews riding a Kawasaki at the BSB Snetterton 2009
Nationality English
Born 14 August 1982
Worcester, England, UK
Died 19 May 2014(2014-05-19) (aged 31)
Portrush, Northern Ireland, UK
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 3 (2011, 2012, 2013)
TT wins 0
Podiums 0

Simon Neil Stuart Andrews (14 August 1982 – 19 May 2014) was a British motorcycle racer. He competed in the British Superbike Championship for RAF Reserves aboard a Honda CBR1000RR.

Here at his last Brands Hatch Superbike Race practice in April 2014.

Career[edit]

British Supersport Championship[edit]

Andrews made his British Supersport debut in 2001, and contested the series full-time in 2002. In 2003 he competed in three different championships - British Supersport, British Superstock and AXO European Superstock, earning five BSS podium finishes.[1] In 2004 he came third in BSS, and took tenth overall in 2005. He started 2006 in Supersport again before moving up to the British Superbike Championship midseason with the Jentin Lloyds British team.

British Superbike Championship[edit]

In 2007 Andrews finished 16th overall from the nine rounds he contested.[2] In 2008 he ran 3rd for a while at Brands Hatch before finishing 9th. He scored two top 10 finishes at Donington Park in 2008, despite qualifying down in 24th.[3] In race 2 at Mallory Park he ran 2nd for several laps on a drying track, but ultimately faded to 7th. He scored 20 top-ten finishes in total, despite being troubled by a knee injury for much of the season[4]

For 2009 he left Jentin to join MSS Colchester Kawasaki. Despite injuring his collarbone pre-season he qualified on the front row for round 3 at Donington Park, and took a 4th-place finish at round 4 at Thruxton. Andrews again impressed at Mallory Park, leading race one before being catapulted out by Josh Brookes in an incident which eliminated seven riders.[5] He was already riding injured at this point, and an operation on his wrist immediately after this round caused him to miss the 3-race meeting at Brands Hatch[6] He took his first career podium at Cadwell Park, finishing 4th on the road but being promoted when on-the-road winner Leon Camier was excluded for ignoring a black and orange flag.[7] In race one at the same venue he touched with team-mate Julien da Costa in race one, finishing fifth ahead of the Frenchman.[8] He was successful at Croft despite using no rider aids. He also contested the World Superbike round at Donington, finishing 10th in race 2 after passing the leading works Kawasaki of Broc Parkes. He finished the year by finishing 7th on his debut in the Macau street race.[9] Andrews re-signed for the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team for 2009 alongside Gary Mason.

Crash and death[edit]

Andrews was airlifted to a hospital in Northern Ireland in critical condition after suffering a serious crash while competing in the North West 200 on Saturday, 17 May 2014. Andrews came off his bike and slid down the asphalt until he collided head-first with a section of raised concrete pavement while curbing at high speed in Portrush, County Antrim.

After receiving immediate medical intervention from the race doctors and medics, Andrews was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast in a critical condition after suffering the high-speed accident on the approach to Metropole corner. Andrews was competing in the second Superstock race of the event aboard his BMW.

A statement was released on Sunday night (18 May) by race organisers they said: "Simon Andrews' family are at his bedside in the Intensive Care unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, where he remains in a critical condition following his crash in the Superstock race at yesterday's Vauxhall International North West 200."

He died in hospital on 19 May 2014 as a result of his injuries, aged 31.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Stats correct as of 31 August 2010
* Denotes season in progress

All time[edit]

Series Years active Races Poles Podiums Wins 2nd place 3rd place Fast laps Titles
British Supersport (BSS) 2004–06 25 0 3 1 1 1 0 0
British Superbike (BSB) 2008–14 51 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
World Superbike (WSB) 2009–14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 76 0 4 1 1 2 0 0

British Supersport Championship[edit]

(key) (races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts Ref
2004 Suzuki SIL BHI
3
SNE
5
OUL
4
MON
1
SNE BHGP
5
KNO MAL CRO CAD
9
OUL DON
10
9th 89 [11]
2005 Suzuki BHI
Ret
THR
10
MAL
12
OUL MON CRO KNO
9
SNE
Ret
SIL
8
CAD
2
OUL
9
DON
8
BHGP
9
10th 67
2006 Yamaha BHI
Ret
DON THR
5
OUL
Ret
MON
C
MAL
5
SNE
7
KNO OUL
Ret
CRO
Ret
CAD
14
SIL BHGP 18th 33 [12]

British Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Class Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3
2008 BSB Yamaha THR
8
THR
Ret
OUL
Ret
OUL
7
BHGP
9
BHGP
Ret
DON
10
DON
9
SNE
10
SNE
8
MAL
7
MAL
7
OUL
5
OUL
6
KNO
8
KNO
6
CAD
7
CAD
6
CRO
10
CRO
9
SIL
5
SIL
8
BHI
8
BHI
7
8th 176 [13]
2009 Kawasaki BHI
7
BHI
11
OUL
Ret
OUL
8
DON
Ret
DON
4
THR
4
THR
6
SNE
10
SNE
11
KNO
4
KNO
6
MAL
Ret
MAL
15
BHGP BHGP BHGP CAD
5
CAD
3
CRO
Ret
CRO
5
SIL
9
SIL
7
OUL
6
OUL
9
OUL
Ret
6th 163.5 [14]
2010 BHI
Ret
BHI
8
THR
THR
OUL
OUL
CAD
CAD
MAL
7
MAL
7
KNO
7
KNO
C
SNE
8
SNE
9
SNE
6
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
12
BHGP
10
CAD
Ret
CAD
DNS
CRO
CRO
SIL
SIL
OUL
OUL
OUL
12th 70 [15]
2011 BSB BHI
15
BHI
17
OUL
Ret
OUL
19
CRO
21
CRO
18
THR
27
THR
20
KNO
15
KNO
10
SNE
17
SNE
DNS
OUL OUL BHGP BHGP BHGP CAD
CAD
DON
DON
SIL
SIL
BHGP
BHGP
25th* 8*
E1 BHI
15
BHI
17
OUL
19
CRO
21
CRO
18
THR
27
THR
20
KNO
15
KNO
10
SNE
17
OUL
OUL
BHGP
BHGP
BHGP
CAD
CAD
DON
DON
SIL
SIL
BHGP
BHGP
BHGP
4th* 158*
1.^E Denotes riders participating in the Evo class within the British Superbike Championship.

World Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2009 Kawasaki AUS
AUS
QAT
QAT
SPA
SPA
NED
NED
ITA
ITA
RSA
RSA
USA
USA
SMR
SMR
GBR
20
GBR
10
CZE
CZE
GER
GER
ITA
ITA
FRA
FRA
POR
POR
29th 6 [16]
2010 Kawasaki AUS
AUS
POR
POR
SPA
18
SPA
Ret
NED NED ITA ITA RSA RSA USA USA SMR SMR CZE CZE GBR GBR GER GER ITA ITA FRA FRA 26th* 0* [17]

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