Legendary race mechanic Derek RolloClark has died.
Mr Clark, worked with every great rider from Gary Hocking and Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini and Kenny Roberts was found dead in bed on Sunday morning.
A Rhodesian by birth, he had lived and worked in the United States for the latter part of his life, recently based in Dover Plains in New York State.
For the last three years he had been battling cancer – in recent months at a rehabilitation centre at nearby Pawling. He was 81.
Pauline Hailwood, wife of the late Mike, had kept in touch with him over the years and said: â€œItâ€™s so sad. He was a wonderful man and we all liked him so much. RIP 1936-2017