News 7 May 2010

World MX: Portuguese GP to tribute McFarlane and Chandler

Andrew McFarlane.

Andrew McFarlane.

After the tragic news of the passing of Andrew McFarlane and Danny ‘Magoo’ Chandler during the past week, this weekend’s Portuguese Motocross Grand Prix will pay tribute to these great sportsmen who conquered lots of fans during their successful careers.

After the accident provoking the death of Australian Andrew McFarlane while racing the MX Nationals on 2 May at Broadford, the bikes racing the grand prix of Portugal this weekend will feature the shark logo of the former MX2 runner-up on their number plates.

A one minute of silence will be organized before the start of the first MX2 heat scheduled for 12:10 on Sunday to publicly remember both riders.

McFarlane had a stunning career in motocross, leading the MX2 World Championship before Antionio Cairoli won it in 2005, winning grands prix and pole positions during his international career. He passed away at the age of 32.

50-year-old American ‘Magoo’ Chandler was known for his spectacular riding style. He won several national titles, grands prix (including a US Grand Prix in 1982) and one Motocross of Nations before picking up an injury in 1985 which left him paralyzed until the day he passed away on 4 May.

Youthstream, promoter of the world championship, offered Andrew and Danny’s relatives, families and friends their most sincere condolences for this tragic loss in a statement this morning, stating that they represent a big loss for the sport of motocross.