UPDATE: Motorcyclist killed in road race accident

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Tuesday 2.45pm: The dad of a motorcyclist killed in an official road race on Sunday has paid a moving tribute.

Denis Hix described his son Steve as “a fiercely competitive racer” and a “kind and loving family man”.

Mr Hix Snr also thanked track medics and emergency services for their help and support following the crash.

He said: “Steve was an accomplished and experienced racer with a passion for the sport and many wins at all levels to his credit.

“On track he was well known for being a hard charger and fiercely competitive. Off track, a kind and loving family man.

“The family would like to thank all those in attendance following the accident, particularly the on-track medics and the A&E trauma team at Scarborough District Hospital for their help and support.

“Also thank you to everyone for all the messages of condolence and support the family have received and through these we know that Steve will be sadly missed in the paddock but never forgotten.”

Tuesday, 10.30am: A well-known motorbike racer was killed in a crash on Sunday.

Steven Hix, from Holbeach, was taking part in a planned road race at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, when his bike left the track and ran into a field at about 6pm.

Mr Hix (38) was taken to Scarborough District Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

Racing was suspended at the circuit while police investigators examined the scene of the crash.

North Yorkshire Police say they are treating it as a single vehicle accident and have appealed for fans to come forward with eyewitness accounts and any video footage they may have of the race meeting.

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