by Andrea Periccioli
Many observers had hoped 2020 be the year of a possible comeback in many sectors of Motorsport. Instead, in just six months, it has proved to be a real annus horribilis.
It will most likely go down in the pages of history books for decades because of the many tragedies that it is leaving behind.
British rider Benjamin Godfrey was involved in a fatal crash this afternoon during the second advanced group session of the 'No Limits Trackday' at Donington Park.
The 25-year-old from Long Eaton collided with another rider at the Redgate corner, causing serious injuries. The immediate help of the doctors present in the circuit was in vain.
Godfrey had an excellent background in the British Superstock 600 and Superstock 1000 categories. Last year he took part in the glorious 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the Bol d'Or with the Mototech EWC Team. This season he was scheduled to take part in the Ducati TriOptions Cup, a one-make championship as part of the BSB British Superbike. He was one of the favourite riders of the British fans for his availability and sincerity.
The tragic news can be added to the deaths of Paulo Gonçalves and Edwin Straver, both of which occurred following crashes during the 42nd edition of the Dakar dedicated to motorcycles.
“I am so desperately sad that Ben died from the injuries he sustained,” said No Limits director Mark Neate. “Ben really was a fantastic young man and friends with so many people in the paddock, he was always smiling and had time for everyone. He was very excited for the start of the season and had taken part in many trackdays in the last month. Our thoughts are with his family, his partner Jordan and his team mates and friends.”