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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 14:08 GMT 15:08 UK
Motorcycling stalwart dies
Davy Wood
Davy Wood acted as a mentor to many top road racers
Irish motorcycling is mourning the loss of one of its stalwarts Davy Wood who died after a short illness on Tuesday.

The 57-year-old's huge contribution to the sport included managing the career of the road racing legend Joey Dunlop.

He also acted as a mentor to several other top Irish motorcyclists and his loss will be deeply felt in the sport.

In addition, Mr Wood played a crucial role in organising sponsorship for the sport and he was a highly-respected administrator and organiser.

He was renowned for bringing busloads of bike fans to the Manx and Isle of Man TT races each year.

The Belfast native had been ill for some time but still managed to attend the North West 200 recently and was even a spectator at the British Superbike Championship at Mondello Park in Dublin last Sunday.

He had been planning to travel to the Isle of Man for the TT Races next month.

BBC Radio Ulster motorcycling commentator Harold Crooks described Mr Wood's death as a "huge loss to the sport".

"He played a major role in the career of literally hundreds of riders," said Mr Crooks.

"In recent times, he took young Dublin rider Martin Finnegan under his wing and there were so many who benefited from Davy's guidance.

"Back in the 1980s, Davy's negotiating skills helped secure Joey Dunlop's Honda deal and Joey would have been the first to admit the Davy was hugely important to his career.

"Davy also worked for Imperial Tobacco and he helped to secure sponsorship from that company for motorcycling in Northern Ireland."

Harold Crooks
"Davy was totally dedicated to motorcycling"

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