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

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.