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Tributes paid to biker Mike from Crook
TRIBUTES have been paid to a County Durham biker who died in a freak accident at a track day last weekend.
Michael Carson was one of five rider involved in a crash at Oulton Park in Cheshire on Saturday, October 5.
The 52-year-old from Crook in County Durham died at the scene after coming off his bike at Turn 13, known as City Hall, at the track in Little Budworth.
A statement from No Limits Tracksdays, who organised the event, described the incident as a "freak accident".
The statement said: “We had a situation that involved two bikes in the fast group colliding which left the riders and bikes down on the circuit after a fast blind corner.
“Unbeknown to the riders following they exited the fast blind corner and straight in to the stricken bikes which caused a five bike incident.”
Two other riders were critically injured in the collision, with one requiring surgery to his pelvis and ankle, and the other breaking his femur, hand and a vertebra in his spine.
Mr Carson was born in Bishop Auckland but grew up in Crook where he attended St Cuthbert’s Primary School before becoming a pupil at St John’s Sixth Form College.
He trained as a motor mechanic but for the last 20 years worked as a fencing contractor across the region.
Mr Carson, who had a son Jamie from a previous relationship, married his “soul-mate” Tracey in 2003 and became a step-father to her son Adam.
The biker’s brother Phil Carson said: “Tracey made Mick’s life complete and he loved her deeply.
“Mick had many interests and made friends easily. “His open, optimistic and positive outlook made him universally popular.
“He approached life with energy and enthusiasm.”
Mr Carson was a keen biker and celebrated his 50th birthday by riding around the Nurburgring track in Germany.
Phil Carson said: “He was an experienced and skilled rider who relished exploiting his machine’s capability to the full around tracks where his heroes raced.
“At Oulton Park, his favourite circuit, Mick was involved in an incident not of his making and sadly lost his life.
“His smile, infectious humour, love and generosity of spirit will be sorely missed.
“To Tracey, his family, his friends and all those whose lives he touched and brightened, he is irreplaceable.”
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