During the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, which takes place on the same weekend, disaster struck as 31-year-old Daniel Hegarty crashed at high speed into a barrier. Hegarty was pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Glenn Irwin was named the winner of the GP after the race was canceled on the sixth lap.
"The win is all irrelevant now and I wouldn't have won the race had it gone the distance," said Irwin.
"It's a tragic end to the day. That's road racing and it's tough."
The last rider to die during the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix was Luis Carreira in 2012.