John-Ross MacRae perishes in road race

August 26 2013

It is with great sadness that we report that upcoming road race star John-Ross MacRae passed away last weekend.

1240174_10151787136342156_508425986_nCalgary’s John-Ross MacRae was by all accounts on his way to the top of Canada’s road racing ranks, with stellar results in the Harley-Davidson Canada XR1200 Cup series, as well as in the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike class.

During  last weekend’s final round of the CSBK Superbike Championship, held at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, 24-year-old MacRae crashed  his XR1200 in Turn One while qualifying on Saturday. He sadly passed away the next morning in a hospital in Montreal.

He was second in the Pro Sport Bike championship aboard his Triumph Daytona 675, and third in the XR1200 Cup standings aboard his Ruthless Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200.

Well liked and respected among his peers, MacRae arrived at Circuit Mont Tremblant in high spirits after taking his first win in the XR1200 Cup at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park at the previous round. He also finished on the podium in every Pro Sport Bike race he finished this season.

“John Ross MacRae was one of the bright young stars in our sport and his loss is a great tragedy for Canadian racing,” said CSBK’s Colin Fraser. “He was very popular with his fellow competitors and was greatly respected.”

Last weekend’s tragedy comes in the wake of the passing of another racer, Christian Auger of Champlain, Quebec, who died of injuries sustained  following a high-speed crash during the CTMP round. Auger was competing in the Amateur Superbike championship.

Our condolences to the families of John-Ross MacRae and Christian Auger.


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