Kyalami crash kills two

2013-02-11 11:47

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.

  • craig.hume.33 - 2013-02-11 12:11

    You drive a car and you ride a bike. This must be the worst language i have ever seen in a article. Now onto the important things, RIP to the 2 riders and all the best to their families. At least you died doing what you love and its always a possibility when going out on track. Sad day for SA Motorsport when a fellow competitor looses his life.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-02-11 14:52

      Seeing that you are the grammar mafia, let me help you with your spelling: "loses" his life, not "looses".

      craig.hume.33 - 2013-02-11 15:26

      Thats why i am a race driver and not a journalist.

      roy.burdett.7 - 2013-02-15 20:33

      A single suggestion... don't comment on "worst language" when writing "a article" and "looses his life". Glass house and all... Sympathy and condolences to the affected families, this is a truly tragic event

  • barry.moyle.3 - 2013-02-12 08:16

    RIP Marco Pugi and Warren Banfield and wishing a speedy recovery to Charlene Pretorius, Mark Hulsher and the others injured over the weekend.

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-13 09:29

    Tragic. RIP

  • vernon.meakin - 2013-02-13 14:43

    Very sad, Thoughts are with the familys.

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