The Greymouth Motorcycle Street Racing Committee today said "thank you" to those who helped during the fatal crash on Sunday, and said the club had been overwhelmed by support.

The high-speed crash claimed the life of Nelson rider Guy Lowe, aged in his 50s.

Mr Lowe was competing in the Bears class in the first race of the day when he crashed in Herbert Street shortly before 11am. He died in the ambulance on the way to hospital.

In a statement released this morning, the organising committee said it had been in contact with Mr Lowe's family and friends, who described him as an ardent motorcycle enthusiast with a great love of the sport.


"In particular, they recounted his stories of the many occasions he raced here in Greymouth and his enjoyment of the event. He was a real character in the South Island motorcycle racing community, being simply known as 'Parrot Man' to competitors and spectators alike."

The organisers thanked the "brave men and women of the St John ambulance, the Fire Service and the police for their professionalism and support for the Greymouth Motorcycle Street Races".

"They are truly an outstanding asset to our community, particularly with many being volunteers. We thank them for giving up their time over the weekend, but also for their passion for the sport and the event."

The club had been overwhelmed by the support from motorcycle club members from around the country, particularly those present on Sunday who had stepped up and assisted.

Organisers said they also appreciated the large crowd of spectators who stayed on for the afternoon session of racing.

"Riders were consulted prior to racing recommencing, with many voicing their support and wish to honour their fellow racer," the statement said.

A full round of all classes of motorbikes raced in the afternoon, setting a new course record of 48.19 seconds.

The club said yesterday it was planning to go ahead with the 2017 races.

- Greymouth Star