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Motorbike rider Mick Whalley dies in Donington Park crash

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Image caption Mick Whalley was taking part in a support race

A motorbike rider died following a crash in a race at Donington Park.

Mick Whalley from Sheppey, Kent, was taking part in a support race to this weekend's round of the MCE British Superbike Championship when he crashed on Saturday.

He was transferred to hospital in Nottingham, where he later died of his injuries.

A statement issued by event organiser MSVR and Donington Park said the accident involved several motorbikes.

The statement said Mr Whalley died following "a multiple motorcycle accident" during a race for the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup,.

It said Mr Whalley, rider of bike number 77, suffered serious injuries and the race was immediately stopped.

He and other riders involved were treated immediately trackside by a medical team, the statement added.

It said: "It is with great regret that we have to announce that, following his transfer from the circuit, Mick Whalley succumbed to his injuries while undergoing further treatment at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham."

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Image caption Mr Whalley suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital but later died

Another rider, Mike Honey, suffered multiple leg injuries and was receiving treatment and further assessment at the same hospital, the statement said.

It said organisers and staff were working with Leicestershire Police and the Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board to investigate the crash.

Racing at Donington Park continued as planned on Sunday.

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