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Honda Motorcycles Statement Concerning The Inquest Of Clinton Farr

Background

21-year-old Clinton Farr was fatally injured after being hit by a fellow competitor during a competition event at the Phillip Island racing circuit in October 2001. Clinton fell from his bike as he took a high-speed corner.

Statement

Honda Motorcycles expresses its deepest sympathies to the Farr family for the loss of their son Clinton in a racing accident in 2001.

Honda shares their concern to understand the circumstances of their son's death. That is what this inquest is all about, and it should be allowed to proceed unhindered by unfounded speculation.

Such speculation can only add to the family's grief and of all those involved.

The coroner has ruled today that two other accidents should not be included as part of this inquest.
She said:

"The main obstacle to the inclusion of the [other] incidents …is, in my view, the fact that the causes of these incidents is unknown." (Judgement of Coroner Paresi Spanos)

This is the second time in the course of this inquest that a coroner has made this decision. The ruling should now be respected.

Honda firmly believes that the cause of Clinton Farr's tragic accident cannot be attributed to any mechanical fault concerning the bike.

It has also been claimed in the media that Honda is responsible for delaying this Inquest. That is simply not true.
Those who have been responsible for investigating the accident have largely determined the timing of the Inquest.

They have taken the time they thought appropriate to conduct those investigations. Honda has at all times fully co-operated with their investigations.

Honda is keen for this matter to be finalised as soon as possible so that all the facts are known.

However, this must be done within the confines of the legal process, without prejudgments being
made.

Stuart Strickland, Managing Director
Honda Motorcycles

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