Motorcyclist dies during track event  
The Age
May 2, 2010

Former world No.2 Andrew McFarlane has been killed in an accident at the national motocross championship in Victoria.

Queenslander MacFarlane, 33, suffered head injuries when he crashed after becoming airborne on a practice lap at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex at Broadford, north of Melbourne.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said an ambulance was stationed at the track and paramedics worked for about an hour to try to revive him, but McFarlane died at the scene.

McFarlane returned to Australia last year to race on home turf after nine years competing on the world motocross circuit in Europe and the United States.

He claimed his world number two ranking in 2005.

Officials cancelled the third round of the MX Nationals after the accident which occurred about 9.30am.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.

‘‘McFarlane received immediate treatment from medical staff at the track,’’ the statement said.

‘‘MA and Victoria Police are now both investigating the incident.

‘‘MA, Williams Event Management, and JDR Motorsport would like to express their sincerest
condolences to the entire McFarlane family.’’

MacFarlane was placed fifth in the 2010 MX Nationals ahead of Sunday’s event.

The event’s website says 2010 was likely to be McFarlane’s final year racing.

‘‘I’ve been very fortunate in my career,’’ McFarlane said on the site.

‘‘I’ve raced in Russia, all over Europe, Japan, and the Unites States, it’s been an awesome experience and after 27 years I have a lot of knowledge and experience to share.’’