Cumbria

Tribute to crash death quad bike champion Mark Watson

Mark Watson
Image caption Mr Watson was a national and international quad bike competitor

Tributes have been paid to a quad bike racing champion who died when his car crashed into a house in Cumbria.

Mark Watson, 26, was killed when his Ford Fiesta left the road and smashed into the property in Front Street in Alston early on Tuesday.

Mr Watson, of Bruntley Meadows, Alston, who died at the scene, had raced for Team Anderson AV in Bishop Auckland.

Tony Nash, of the Quad Racing Association UK, said he was an "outstanding rider and entertainer".

Mr Watson had been recovering from serious injuries he suffered during a practice race in Germany in September when a quad bike landed on him.

He had to be airlifted to hospital and spent three weeks recovering from damaged ligaments and muscles in his lower back.

He was a former British motocross sidecar champion in 2007 as passenger with brother John driving, but turned to quad bike racing in February 2008.

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