Tragic weekend leaves rally co-driver dead, MotoGP rider injured
One incident occurred at the Mull Rally in Scotland on Saturday, when a Subaru Impreza crashed. Driver John MacCrone was airlifted to hospital in Glasgow, but his co-driver Andrew Mort was pronounced dead at the scene. Both were residents of the Isle of Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides archipelago off Scotland's coast. The incident occurred in the second of 13 scheduled stages on Saturday, and as a result the event was immediately canceled. A memorial service was held the following day through the streets of Tobermory, with a lone bagpiper and two rally cars leading the crowd of 1,000. MacCrone's cousin and eight-time event winner Calum Duffy read a poem in remembrance of Mort.
Meanwhile, halfway around the world, MotoGP rider Alex de Angelis crashed heavily during a practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, also on Saturday. He was airlifted to Dokkyo Hospital, where he was diagnosed with lung contusions, multiple fractured ribs and vertebrae, and an intercranial hematoma. He has been listed in critical condition, but after subsequent CAT scans, he's reportedly showing some signs of improvement.
Our best wishes for speedy recovery go out to both MacCrone and de Angelis, and our condolences to the family and friends of Andrew Mort.
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