February 27, 2012

Tributes flow for fallen rider, Oscar McIntyre (4 PICS)

The death of Oscar McIntyre has shaken the Superbike community

The grief-stricken family of the teenage motorcyclist killed in a crash at the weekend’s Superbike World Championship meet has remembered a ‘‘loveable’’ boy who aspired to be the next Mick Doohan.

Oscar McIntyre, 17, died in an accident on the Phillip Island racing track involving two other riders on Saturday.

His aunt, Gay Petherick, could not contain her grief as she spoke of her nephew from her Gold Coast home today.

‘‘We don’t know what to do,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not fair. It’s horrible for the family.’’

scar’s parents, Robyn and Alex, flew down to Melbourne at the weekend to bring their son’s body back to Queensland.

‘‘I just don’t know how they’re going to do this,’’ Ms Petherick said.

She described her nephew as a ‘‘loveable and kind’’ boy who developed his passion for racing from the age of four.

‘‘His room was full of trophies,’’ she said.

Ms Petherick last saw her nephew at their local shopping centre less than a week ago.

Oscar McIntyre was killed in a motorcycle crash at Phillip Island on Saturday.
‘‘I gave him some money to go to McDonald’s and I said, ‘Look after yourself darling’.

‘‘He gave me a big hug and introduced me to some of his friends.’’

Oscar McIntyre, from Hope Island on the Gold Coast, had just secured a race sponsor.

As a youngster, Oscar rode at the Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle club and president Mike Findlay said he had spent the weekend taking phone calls from grieving members of the motorcycle community.

"It’s very, very sad," he said.

"From the people who have phoned me and spoken to me over the weekend, they are remembering a bubbly person.

"[The fatal accident] is such a shock, especially for it to happen to such a young boy.

"To die at the age of 17, it’s just tragic."

Mr Findlay said the Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle club would likely hold a memorial for the teenager.

Oscar’s bike skidded out of control on the second lap of a 12-lap race on Saturday and he collided with fellow riders Luke Burgess and Michael Lockhart, according to a Motorcycle Australia spokeswoman.

She said medical officers tried to revive Oscar, but he died on the track.

"Motorcycling Australia and Phillip Island Superbike Pty Ltd offer their sincerest condolences to the McIntyre family and those affected within the motorcycle community," she said.

Tributes have also flowed on Facebook and Youtube, where friends and fellow racers have remembered a ‘‘bubbly’’ boy.

‘‘Oscar was one of the nicest kids you will ever meet,’’ one friend wrote.

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