Two critical including Northern Ireland rider Steven Lynd after Ulster Grand Prix crashes
Two riders including a Northern Ireland man are in a critical condition in hospital following separate crashes at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Steven Lynd was involved in a crash on Thursday evening. It happened after a separate incident which claimed the life of rider Jamie Hodson at the Dundrod track.
Gavin Lupton from Otley in West Yorkshire was injured after a crash during the Dundrod 150 Challenge race.
Manx 2016 Supertwin winner Hodson (35) from Wigan died in hospital Thursday night after the smash, which happened at the Joey's Windmill section of the circuit. Hodson's brother Rob was also involved in the crash but was not seriously hurt.
Racing was suspended last night at the Ulster Grand Prix after the second crash - this time during the Dundrod Challenge race - resulting in Templepatrick man Stephen Lynd, being rushed to hospital.
On Friday morning a spokeswoman for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust confirmed that Lynd was in a "critical" condition.
"The Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club would like to express its sincere condolences to Jamie's family and friends and requests that their privacy is respected at this difficult time," organisers said on Thursday evening after the death of Hodson.
Following the crash tributes to Mr Hodson quickly began to appear on social media.
The 2017 Ulster Grand Prix competition continues over the weekend, culminating with the showpiece Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday.