British Superbike racer Chrissy Rouse was killed after a collision at Donington Park over the weekend.
Organizers said the 26-year-old “passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family in hospital” on Thursday afternoon.
The Newcastle driver suffered a serious head injury after inevitably colliding with a backrunner on the first lap of Sunday’s race.
Rouse was given follow-up treatment and taken to the circuit’s medical center, where he was put into a coma.
He then underwent emergency neurosurgery at Nottingham Hospital.
Race organizer MSVR said it was investigating the incident with coroners, police and the Motor Races Control Board.
Rouse moved to British Superbikes this season and drove for Crowe Performance BMW, the same team with which he won the national superbike title in 2020.
He is also a qualified math teacher.
Many famous British cyclists were honored, including British Superbikes competitors Tarran Mackenzie, Glenn Irwin and Peter Hickman.
Mackenzie tweeted: “The sport is cruel at times. Talented in so many ways and truly one of the nicest people on the pitch. RIP Chrissy.”
Irwin, currently second in the standings, calls him a “truly talented person” who is always “smiling”, while Hickman says it is “a pleasure to know you and share the track”. with you champion”.
Rouse’s death was announced the same day British motorsport also lost its most successful driver ever.
Phil Read MBE passed away peacefully in his sleep, aged 83, his son said.
Read won 52 Grand Prix in the 1960s and 1970s, and was a world champion in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes. He has also won eight Isle of Man TT races.