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2017-02-07 13:29

GRIM DAY: Gavin Ramsay succumbed to injuries sustained at a motorcycle event in Cape Town. Image: Facebook / Gavin Ramsay

Cape Town - The family of South African motorcycle racing legend Gavin Ramsay who was killed on Saturday has issued a statement on Facebook. 

The 53-year-old was involved in a crash at the annual Passion for Speed International Historic race at Killarney on Saturday February 4. 

A rival motorcyclist had crashed and spilled oil on the track. Witnesses saw Ramsay sliding in, causing him to lose control of his Suzuki GSX-R and crashing to the ground.

READ: South African motorsport fans react to Gavin Ramsay’s death

The statement, uploaded onto a page called 'Tribute to Gavin Ramsay' said:

"From the Ramsay family,

We thank each and every one of you for all your messages, love and compassion shown during this very difficult time with the loss of our beloved Gavin.

We do understand that many people are very upset by this incident and have noticed videos, various comments and posts directed at various individuals on Social Media. We hereby plead with everyone to desist from the finger pointing, speculation and laying of blame. And to please remove such material from the various forums and social media platforms. In the spirit of who Gavin was, he would not have wanted it this way.

Contact has been made with our sporting organisation body Motorsport South Africa (MSA) and we hereby request you to send, in writing, any and all information you have pertaining this incident to them.

Please let us not use Social Media as a platform to lay blame or make any allegations and allow for an ordered process for this matter to be investigated.

Just like you, we wish for everyone to learn from this and have a better understanding in how to avoid such an incident in future.

With love,
The Ramsay Family." 

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