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AMA Pro Racing Deeply Mourns the Loss of AFT Production Twins Racer Ryan Varnes
On July 4 , 2022 , AMA Pro Racing announced that it was deeply saddened by the tragic loss of American Flat Track competitor Ryan Varnes ( 24 ), extending heartfelt condolences to his family and friends . Varnes , a Pennsylvania native , was involved in an on-track incident in the Production Twins Main Event at Weedsport Speedway on Saturday July 2nd . On-scene emergency personnel responded to the incident immediately and transported Varnes to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse , NY , where he later succumbed to his injuries . " The Varnes family has been a staple in the flat track community for decades , and they need our prayers during this difficult time ," said Gene Crouch , COO of AMA Pro Racing . " Ryan was the class of the field , both on track and off track . His bright smile , perpetual optimism and loyal friendship will be dearly missed . Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends ."
Varnes had made the selfless decision to register as an organ donor . His spirit will live on not just in our memories and in the record books , but also by extending the lives of others in dire need . A memorial fund in Ryan Varnes ' name has been established by the Rookies of
' 79 , a charity that supports injured motorcyclists and their families . You can visit the Rookies of ' 79 website for more information about the charity and to make a donation . We here at AMD love being able to report on AFT racing each year . Though we are doing so from several thousand miles away , what we believe is a first fatality since the AMA reimagined the
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series and brought it back so successfully ( correct us if we are wrong ,) it really breaks our hearts and reminds us all of the jeopardy that motorsports , of all kinds , professional and amateur , always carries with it . This year has also been a tragic one for the iconic but always high-risk Isle of Man TT Races - after a Covid induced two-year break , there were five fatalities on the legendary Mountain Course this year . British Supersport rider Mark Purslow , 29 and from Wales , died in qualifying on June 1st . June 4th saw French sidecar driver Cesar Chanal die in a crash at the notorious Ago ' s Leap - named for alltime great and multi Isle of Man winner Giacomo Agostini . No respecter of experience , the 37.3- mile public roads racecourse took veteran Davy Morgan , aged 52 , on June 6 . The Northern Irishman was making his 80th start at the TT . The death toll rose to five on June 10
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