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Motojournalist Kevin Ash Killed at Press Event

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Kevin Ash  motojournalist
The motojournalism community suffered a huge blow with the passing of respected member Kevin Ash, who died after a crash on a gravel road during a BMW press event in South Africa. We offer our condolences.
A pall has been cast over the motojournalism community. Respected journalist Kevin Ash died after being involved in an accident during a BMW press launch in South Africa. Ash was testing the 2013 R1200GS on a gravel road when the incident occurred.

"It is with deep regret that BMW Motorrad confirms the fatal injury of Kevin Ash in a motorcycle accident during a launch event in South Africa," said BMW in a press statement. "The accident happened to the north of a town called George, 250 kilometers east of Cape Town. Out of respect for Kevin's family and friends, no further information is being made available at this time."

“Ashy,” as he was affectionately known throughout the industry, was the motorcycling correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, formerly worked for MCN, and provided columns for a long list of other publications as a freelancer.

“Known for his technical authority, clarity of expression and prolific output, Kevin was also sharp-witted, great company, a devoted husband and father to his wife and three daughters and universally liked,” wrote MCN about their former colleague.

Motorcycle USA sends its sincerest condolences to the Ash family.

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Racer1   January 25, 2013 03:58 PM
It's tragic - I had the utmost respect for the man and read his web site regularly. RIP Ash and condolences to the family, you'll be missed. People do die doing what they love, but if I die racing or in a road accident I hope people don't say that about me. If I knew I was going to die I would stay indoors - being with my family is what I love most. I accept the risks of motorcycling and feel the risk / benefit is worth it to me. However, how I die will be of no comfort to me or my family, in the same way that it wouldn't suck worse if I was doing something I didn't like when it happened. Just be careful out there everyone.
AnthonyD   January 24, 2013 09:42 AM
RIP to a great man!
NeilVee   January 24, 2013 01:11 AM
As a fellow lover of all wheels two - my sincerest condolences to family and all. As a South African - this is truly regrettable. However, I steadfastly maintain that exiting this world whilst in the process of doing something one loves - I have immense respect for that!
Rucuss54   January 23, 2013 01:18 PM
RIP.. if you ride long enough you'll see this happen to someone you know or it might be you, ride safe.