Calgary motorcycle community mourns loss of racer
John-Ross MacRae, 24, died after crashing on Quebec track
Friends and family from Calgary's motorcycle racing community are mourning the loss of a young racer.
John-Ross MacRae, 24, died after crashing Saturday on a track in Mont-Tremblant, Que.
He was taken to hospital in Montreal but succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.
MacRae had just won his first national event win two weeks ago in Bowmanville, Ont. He was taking part in qualifying for the Harley Davidson Canada Cup season finale.
The young racer was a regular competitor in the national series since 2011.
Series director Colin Fraser called MacRae "one of the bright young stars in our sport, and his loss is a great tragedy for Canadian racing."
MacRae graduated from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's automotive marketing program in 2009.
He also worked beside his father Douglas, a partner at Blackfoot Motorsports.
Darren James, MacRae's team member, says his death is like losing his "little brother."
"I'm struggling here to keep it together but my thoughts and prayers go out to the MacRae family and the whole Blackfoot family for losing such an incredible young man," he said.
A memorial service is being planned in Calgary for September.