King’s Lynn superbike rider Mark Fincham dies in crash at Thruxton circuit

Mark Fincham, pictured earlier in his racing career. Picture: Archant Library

Mark Fincham, pictured earlier in his racing career. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

A disabled superbike rider has died after a collision with another rider.

Mark Fincham on the track. Picture: Barry Clay

Mark Fincham on the track. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

Ex-marine Mark Fincham, 37, from King's Lynn, was taking part in a race meeting at Thruxton Motorsport Centre near Basingstoke, Hants, when the accident occurred on Sunday.

In a statement, the Thruxton circuit and race promoters MotorSport Vision Racing said: 'The management of Thruxton circuit and MSVR have to report that, following a two-machine motorcycle accident during a race for the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, a support race to this weekend's round of the MCE British Superbike Championship, the rider of bike number 903, Mark Fincham suffered serious injuries.

'The race was immediately stopped and the riders involved were treated immediately trackside by the BSB Medical Team before being transferred to the circuit medical centre.

'It is with great regret that we have to announce that Mark Fincham succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment. Jim Walker, number 90 was unhurt.

'MSVR and the staff at Thruxton circuit, are now working with the coroner, police and the Motor Cycle Circuit Racing Control Board in order to investigate the full circumstances of this tragic accident.'

Friends took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Fincham.

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Tom Harrison posted on facebook: 'Bike racing lost a real good guy today. Raced for a great team and I'm sure inspired a lot of people to get involved with racing.'

Malcolm Baker said: 'Brave brave ex Royal Marine, ex doorman.

'You showed that you were strong enough to take your dream to reality and not let anything hold you back. A role model and hero to disabled and amputees the world over.'

Alex James said: 'Just gutted about Mark Fincham, to say he was an inspirational man is an understatement, it really is.'

Mr Fincham rode for True Heroes Racing - a team of ex-service personnel who have suffered severe injuries.

He had part of his left leg amputated in 2007 after a road accident. In 2014, he cheated death in a 120mph crash when the front brake of his machine failed on a hairpin bend at Donington Park, in Leicestershire.