North West 200: 2016 Report.
By Philip Wain
The International North West 200 saw beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies all week but the event was again left with a dark cloud hanging over it after the tragic death of Malachi Mitchell-Thomas in Saturday’s Supertwin race.
The Chorley rider was lying in third place at the time and was tipped for great things having already taken a hat-trick this season at the Mid-Antrim 150 as well as taking podiums at the Tandragee 100 and Cookstown 100. The 20-year old was making his debut at the North West 200 and had earlier taken a brilliant fourth place in the Supersport race ahead of names like John McGuinness, Lee Johnston and James Hillier.
Winner of the 2015 Senior Manx Grand Prix and outright lap record holder at the event, Malachi was clearly destined for great things and everyone at MoreBikes would like to offer their deepest sympathy to all his family friends.
Road racing legend Ryan Farquhar was also seriously injured after crashing in Thursday’s Supertwin race, with Mitchell-Thomas’ crash ironically happening at the identical spot. The event also had to contend with an oil tanker fire on Thursday evening and a security alert on Saturday but, as expected, when the racing was running smoothly, it was high-speed, hectic stuff.