Motojournalist Kevin Ash Killed at Press Event

January 23, 2013
Bryan Harley
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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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