Michael Jobson shared a post.
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A very sad day we have lost a great racer in the most perverse way.
Kevin Flecknor shared a post to the group: Classic Motorcycle Racing.
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Sad News Indeed
Bennetts British Superbike Championship
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We are saddened to share the following media statement on behalf of the Smart family, and our thoughts are with Paul's family, friends and colleagues.
"It is with huge sadness we have report that Paul lost his life in a road traffic collision earlier this afternoon while riding his motorcycle in East Sussex and Kent.
The police and coroner are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Paul was a hugely popular character in and out of the paddock, and much loved by his family, friends and fans around the world. He was 78.
He will forever be synonymous with Ducati, the Italian brand he propelled to international acclaim with victory in the 1972 Imola 200 race. Paul also shared a special affinity with the Brands Hatch circuit, having lived literally next door in West Kingsdown for many years.
So much more can and will be written in the days and weeks ahead about a life well lived that has been tragically curtailed.
Paul is survived by wife Maggie, son Scott and daughter Paula who kindly request their privacy is respected at this difficult time."