Northern Ireland

Hundred of bikers escort the cortege of Wayne Hamilton

The bikers provided an escort along the motorway
Image caption The bikers provided an escort along the motorway

Hundreds of bikers have escorted the cortege of Portadown motorcyclist Wayne Hamilton along the M1.

The 20-year-old died after a crash at the Junior Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man last Monday.

His body was brought back to Northern Ireland this morning.

Mr Hamilton's family had requested bikers to provide an escort and filter past the family convoy at Sprucefield.

The motorcyclist had won the Newcomers 'A' Race last Saturday and was widely tipped to be a star of the future.

His death followed that of Adrian McFarland, 41, from Plumbridge near Omagh, who was killed in a crash in the Czech Republic last Saturday.

Mr Hamilton made his road racing debut at the Bush Road Races in 2009, where he won the Junior Support race, setting a lap record.

He also won at Mid-Antrim, Armoy and Skerries in his debut season and finished first in the Dundrod 150 Supertwin event in August.

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