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2013-02-11 11:47

TRAGIC DEATHS AT FESTIVAL OF SPEED: Two motorcycle racers, Warren Banfield(top) and Marco Pugi, passed away due to separate incidents at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Saturday.

Two Regional motorcycle riders were killed in separate incidents at the Festival of Speed at the Kyalami GP Circuit on February 9 2013.

Warren Banfield (48), dealer principal at the Tommy Martin GM dealership in Roodepoort on the West Rand died after crashing his Kawasaki in a start-line incident that resulted in a multiple pile-up


According to a Kyalami spokesperson: "His bike wobbled and then he just fell and caused several other bikes during the Brunch Run race to crash as well."

During the same day Marco Pugi (28), of Eden Glen, was seriously injured when he and another racer crashed at the bottom of the Mineshaft during the Thunderbikes race.

"Pugi and the other driver fell quite hard due to the speed they were going. It didn't look that serious at the time, but they fell quite hard," said the spokesperson.

Pugi was taken to Sunninghill hospital but died early on February 10.


A veteran British motorcycle journalist was killed recently during an accident at the official launch of the BMW R1200GS near George.

Daily Telegraph correspondent Kevin Ash (53), was aboard a R1200GS motorcycle as part of a two-day test ride.

*Earlier reports of technical faults on Banfield's Kawasaki were incorrect.

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