Tributes to fallen racer Craig Jones

CJ to be remembered at new WSBK circuit

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Aug. 12, 2008
Funeral arrangements and tributes have been prepared for British rider Craig Jones who died Aug. 4 from injuries sustained in a crash at the World Supersport race at Brands Hatch.

The 23-year-old native of Northwich, England, was an up-and-coming racer, winning the 2002 British Junior Superstock Championship and was a contender for the 2008 World Supersport title racing for Parkalgar Honda.

“My heart is broken; Craig was ‘my boy’ and could do no wrong,” says his mother, Yvonne Jones. “He once said he was living the dream and Craig most certainly did that. I will love him forever and how much I will miss him there are no words.”

Jones’ funeral will be held at St. Mary and All Saints Church in Fotheringhay, England on Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. GT. The funeral will be open to the public. Flowers are welcome, but Jones’ family asks that people instead make donations to the Association of Air Ambulance Charities.

Craig Jones, Jan. 16, 1985 – Aug. 4, 2008.“A son for us to be proud of; a real character to all that knew him. His young life was taken away far too soon but we smile that he put into it what most could only hope to achieve in two lifetimes,” says Craig’s father, Steve Jones. “We are completely overwhelmed to think ‘our boy’ touched so many people’s lives with his warmth, cheeky humour and friendship – those who are left behind will bear the pain and sorrow but our son is at peace now. We would like to extend our grateful thanks to our families, friends, the racing community and for all of the world wide messages of sympathy. A true fighter to the end, love you son.”

Steve Jones has also spoken with Hannspree Ten Kate Honda racer and World Supersport series leader Andrew Pitt who made contact with his son before Craig Jones fell from his bike. The senior Jones says the family does not hold Pitt responsible and have asked him to win the 2008 World Supersport Championship in Craig Jones’ honor.

Craig Jones’ memory will live at the newest circuit on the World Superbike tour.The World Superbike series, currently on its August hiatus, is planning a tribute to Jones at its next event, Sept. 7 at Donington Park. Team owner Parkalgar will also honor Jones at the new 2.916-mile Autodromo Internacional do Algarve circuit in Portimao, Portugal, by naming the most technical and difficult corner on the track after Jones. Parkalgar will also present a memorial to Jones when the circuit hosts the final round of the World Superbike schedule Nov. 2.

The British Superbike series also paid tribute to Jones Aug. 10 before its races at the Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife, Scotland. The morning of the race, Jones’ most memorable race, a victory at Donington Park from the 2004 season, was shown on the big screen while fans and members of the British Superbike paddock watched. Jones’ former teammate from 2004, Jim Moodie, rode the Jones’ winning Valmoto Triumph bike in a tribute lap with many of Jones’ closest friends following on scooters.

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