News 26 Jul 2011

Australian motorcycle industry mourns loss of a legend

Iconic moto-journalist Ken Wootton has passed while on holiday in Europe.

MotoGP hero Colin Edwards shares a laugh with Ken Wootton, who passed away on Sunday.

MotoGP hero Colin Edwards shares a laugh with Ken Wootton, who passed away on Sunday.

The Australian motorcycle racing community mourns the loss of a legend today with the tragic overnight news that Ken Wootton has passed away.

IEG managing director Yarrive Konsky paid tribute to a personality who has been part of the Australian Superbike Championship paddock for many years.

“Rarely in life do we get to be involved with a humble legend; some people come in our lives and quickly go, but those that touch us the most leave footprints on our hearts,” he said.

“Ken Wootton, without a doubt loved motorcycle racing, and the charters in it more than anyone I have known. Without prejudice he would help those that were willing to help the riders, sport and industry he entrusted his entire life to and that included me and my entire staff.

“Ken showed his true character and never deferred or neglected those he cared for. His selfless acts of kindness were genuine and untainted.

“He will live on in our hearts, minds and in the sport of motorcycling forever.

“Ken Wootton, the Australian Superbikes will always be indebted to you, the sport, racers and industry has so much to thank you for – I have so much to be grateful for because of your sheer kindness and generosity.

“I will miss seeing you at the track, speaking to you about everything Australian Superbikes, but I promise you, I will never forget you.”

Ken’s dedication to motorcycles and racing was second-to-none. He was a successful racer in his own right for many years before pursuing a long and decorated career as a journalist and editor for a host of industry publications.

His involvement went far beyond what was asked or required. He was a friendly face in the ASBK paddock and was often the first to arrive and always the last to leave.

His sense of humour may have been an equal or greater forte than his knowledge. Few will forget his cheeky grin and quips or his trademark enthusiasm behind the microphone.

Ken’s career took him to the furthest reaches of the globe where he developed a rapport with some of the sport’s greatest racers, but he remained equally committed to sharing the stories of Australia’s emerging talents.

His passion for motorcycles and racing was rare, and raw. Ken was a true character – a gentlemen, a friend and a favourite in the ASBK community and further afar.

Sincere condolences are offered to his family and friends at this sad time on behalf of the management, riders, teams and partners at the ASBK.