WSS: Craig Jones dies after Brands crash

23-year-old British star passes away after suffering serious head injuries during yesterday's World Supersport race

Posted: 7 August 2008
by Visordown News

Visordown Motorcycle News
Craig Jones 1985 - 2008

CRAIG JONES passed away at 00:32 on Monday, August 4th following his crash in the World Supersport race at Brands Hatch yesterday.

The 23-year-old succumbed to severe head injuries sustained as he fell from his Parkalgar Honda motorcycle at Clark Curve in the final third of the race.

Jones appeared to lose control of his Honda mid-way through the corner, as he fell from the bike he was clipped by Andrew Pitt on his Ten Kate Hannspree Honda who was just inches away as the pair battled for the lead with Jonathan Rea, the Aussie unable to avoid Jones during the fall.

Craig, 23, from Peterborough, originally from Northwich, was one of Britain’s brightest hopes in World Championship motorcycle racing. In his career he won the 1996 British Junior Mini-Moto Championship, the 1997 British Senior Mini-Moto Championship, 2002 British Junior Superstock Championship and numerous race victories and awards.

In 2005 he finished runner-up in the British Supersport Championship before moving to the World Superbike Championship for 2006. In 2007 he finished fifth in the World Supersport Championship. In 2008 he was a regular podium finisher and contender for race wins and amongst the favourites for the Championship title. wishes to extend its most sincere sympathies to Craig's family and friends. You don't have to be a member to leave your condolences below.

Craig Jones racing history

2008 : World Supersport with Parkalgar Honda

2007 : 5th overall World Supersport Championship with Honda

2006 : World Superbike Championship - Foggy Petronas Racing

2005 : 2nd British Supersport Championship - World Supersport Guest ride for Ten Kate Honda at Brno finishing 6th, also wild-card rides at Silverstone, qualifying on the front row, and leading the race before pulling out with clutch problems, 8th at Brands Hatch.

2004 : 8th in the British Supersport Championship, two podiums, two front row starts, first British Supersport race win and the Sky Sports Rider Of The Day award at the final round of the series at Donington Park.

2003 : Winner of the Steve Hislop Young Rider Of The Year Memorial Trophy, 7th overall in the British Supersport Championship, one Pole Position, first British Supersport Podium and Rider Of The Sky Sports Rider Of The Day at final round Donington Park.

2002 : British Junior Superstock Champion. 6 Wins, 4 seconds, 4 pole positions and 8 lap records.

2001: Competed in the British Junior Superstock Championship, finishing in 6th place or higher in every race entered, first 600cc podium finish at Brands Hatch before an early end to the season due to injury.

2000 : Awarded RK young Rider of the Year Trophy competed half a season in the British Superteen Championship, Four Podiums. And the other half season in the British 125 Championship with top 10 finishes.

1999 : 4th in the British Superteen Championship, First Road Race Victory at Oulton Park, 4 podiums and 4 lap records.

1998 : British Senior Mini Moto Champion, 1st World Mini Moto UK Round.

1997 : 2nd in the British Senior Mini Moto Championship.

1996 : British Junior Mini Moto Champion, 8 Rounds, 8 Poles, 8 Wins.

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Did you see that highside very nasty .Anyone heard any news yet on how he`s doing.I didn`t get to watch the rest of the racing today so i`m in the dark

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 16:58

last i heard in had regained conscienceness on the way to hospital.

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 17:02

Thank fook for that .How the other riders missed him was a miracle.Cheers dude

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 17:05

There was a complete lack of information or coverage on Eurosport, last I heard was that he'd regained conciousness in the air ambulance.

 It looked very nasty (though not the most spectacular of crashes) and I wonder if the potential seriousness has something to do with the lack of public information; obviously Craig and his family come first.

 Hope he's going to be ok and back racing soon anyway.

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 17:06

Latest news doesnt sound too good, but fingers crossed....

3.55PM: We have just been informed that Craig is in a pharmacological coma and is being transferred to the nearest neurological unit after suffering a severe cranial trauma.


Posted: 03/08/2008 at 17:24

www dot bikesportnews dot com

seem to have the most recent news

5.15PM: A statement from MSVR and FGSport reads: "During the FIM Supersport World Championship race at Brands Hatch today, rider Craig Jones crashed at Clark Curve and appeared to be struck by a following rider, sustaining a serious head injury.

"Craig was initially treated at the scene and was then transferred to the Circuit Medical Centre for further assessment and treatment before being flown by Kent Air Ambulance to the Royal London Hospital, which is the leading trauma centre in the region."

Get well, kid

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 17:35

get well soon matey, looked nasty today.

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 19:01

I was there on the start finish straight and the poor lad never moved a muscle,the bike was 300 yards away

Fingers crossed for him

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 20:36

thoughts go out to his family.

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 20:38

I was in the Grandstand.  It was not a nice sight at all.  I hope he mends OK.

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 21:22

i think that was worse than the Camier crash at Cadwell last year when his leg was snapped in two.  at least they didn't keep repeating it.

Posted: 03/08/2008 at 21:33

Get well soon Jonesy,I really hate to see a rider get hurt having to try so hard to make up for machine disadvantage,If anyone has done enough to to show he deserves a factory ride its Craig Jones,


Posted: 03/08/2008 at 21:46

Harry Monk wrote (see)

I was there on the start finish straight and the poor lad never moved a muscle,the bike was 300 yards away

Fingers crossed for him

Yep me too, worse accident i've seen spinning 360 on the tarmac up the straight about 5/6 times got run over and didnt move at all... just hope he recovers soon.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 08:38

Apparently he died early hours this morning, RIP Jonesy

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 08:53

god bless jonesy RIP.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 08:55

Woah, Lets wait till we hear something official,

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 08:59

Where you hear this?

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 09:01

RIP fella.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 09:07

spiceboy wrote (see)
Where you hear this?

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 09:12

Believe its true, are also deleting posts like its going out of fashion which in times past means there waiting to make an official statement. Hope im wrong


Posted: 04/08/2008 at 09:17

Cant believe it what a shame


Posted: 04/08/2008 at 09:21

Lets just hope its wrong, not looking like it though

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 09:23

I am absolutley devastated. Terrible news. R.I.P Jonesey.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 09:24

The media have to respect families' wishes by not disclosing or allowing information unless backed with an official statement.

It was a nasty crash and so unfortunate that it happened during a home race. The sad reality is, only a very small minority have pulled through serious head injuries.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 09:32


not good if it's true

 RIP and thinking of his family.

So many of us ending up in the big sky at the minute

Take it easy lads

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 09:33

Absolutely unreal, watched the Race and can only sympathize with all the Jonesy lot. Superb understated racer whose big confidence will be sorely missed.

RIP Jonesy!!!!

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:02

Just read this,doesn't say anything bout him dying...

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:10

Terrible news.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:17

Nixy wrote (see)

Just read this,doesn't say anything bout him dying...

Last updated at 08:17 AM, although an official statement may yet not have been released to the worlds media.

I saw this too, dreadful to see him lying there...

Does anyone have evidence from an additional source?

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:18

Yes see my post above

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:22


Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:22

Crash are confirming it now. Totally gutted. My thoughts go out to his loved ones

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:30

I saw the accident and was stood near the track medi centre where air support arrived, all the signs were not good from the word go, the time it took before lift off to hospital indicated it was a very serious injury, i feel for his family, colleagues and all the other riders who will no doubt be distraught. Rip craig

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:31

It's on

shit shit shit shit shit

RIP the Jones boy.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:33

I'm gutted, Jonesy was one of my favourite riders. RIP mate. My thoughts are with his family.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 10:36

Bloody awful news, I just read it on bikesportnews too.

Thoughts and condolences with his family, RIP Craig.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 11:00

RIP Jonesy...

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 11:16

more confirmation on

such a talented rider...go safely mate...have a beer with the lads up there.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 11:36

When I saw it on Eurosport live yesterday I thought 'Fucking hell, that's not good'.

Checked teletext last night and nothing...

Thought 'That's ok then, must be making a recovery'.

Logged on this morning....'Shit'

RIP Craig. Great talent. Great shame.

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 11:58

RIP Jonesy, absolutely gutted.  Lots had their fingers crossed last night but just wasn't meant to be.  

Posted: 04/08/2008 at 11:59

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