Calgary racer dies after Montreal Superbike crash

An image posted of John-Ross MacRae on his Facebook page. (Facebook.com)

An image posted of John-Ross MacRae on his Facebook page. (Facebook.com)

DAMIEN WOOD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:12 AM ET

Motorcycle racer John Ross MacRae has died in a Montreal hospital following a crash at the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.

MacRae, 24, of Calgary, described as one of the sport's bright young stars by series staff, died Sunday morning, the day after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash while taking a turn at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

"His loss is a great tragedy for Canadian racing," series director of competition Colin Fraser said in a written statement.

"He was very popular with his fellow competitors and was greatly respected. Our sympathies go out to the MacRae family and his friends."

Saturday's crash happened while MacRae was qualifying for the Harley-Davidson Canada XR1200 Cup season finale, the statement said, and fresh off a national win.

That win was his first -- at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., just two weeks ago.

MacRae rode for the Ruthless Racing team.

On Sunday the team's owner, Darren James, posted on the team's Facebook page: "I loved you like a little brother, the last 8 years of having you a part of my life was amazing."

The team's Facebook page, as well as MacRae's filled up quickly Sunday with expressions of sadness and condolences to family and friends for their loss.

damien.wood@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @SUNDamienWood


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