Tributes continue for rider who died after Barbagallo Raceway crash

Chris Adley. Picture: Chris Adley/Facebook
Chris Adley. Picture: Chris Adley/Facebook

TRIBUTES continue for motorcycle rider Chris Adley (21), killed at Barbagallo Raceway on Saturday, as another racer seriously injured in a separate incident remains in hospital.

For the second time in a little over six months, a Barbagallo racing death has cast a sombre mood over WA’s motorcycling community.

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Mr Adley crashed and was run over by a rider behind him during the Kings of Wanneroo event on November 5.

A Motorcycling WA statement said Mr Adley died in Royal Perth Hospital.

The Weekender asked Motorcycling WA how the rider, whose motorcycle ran over Mr Adley, was coping and if the competitor had been offered counselling.

Chief executive Rick Gill did not explain how the rider was coping but said the organisation was “providing counselling and support for those who may have been affected by the weekend tragedy, including riders, officials and volunteers”.

Mr Adley’s death followed that of Daniel Chadbund, who crashed and slid into a barrier on April 30.

Another rider injured during a warm-up lap at the same meet as Mr Adley was taken to Royal Perth Hospital in a serious condition on Saturday but was classified as stable on Wednesday.

A Facebook user posted a tribute to Mr Adley on Monday, having ridden as part of a convoy of motorcyclists to deliver his friend’s road motorcycle back to his parents’ home.

“A very emotional ride… truly was my honour to return his steed,” he wrote.

“I know everyone on the ride were honoured to be involved and many are disappointed they were not.”

Safety for motorcycle racers at Barbagallo Raceway has come under scrutiny in recent times, but those criticisms have focussed on certain barriers at the track being too close.

The Weekender understands Mr Adley’s death did not involve hitting a barrier, nor did the crash that injured the other racer on Saturday.