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Suffolk speedway star Danny Ayres dies at the age of 33

Danny Ayres. Credit: Ipswich Witches

Suffolk speedway star Danny Ayres has died at the age of 33.

The news was announced on Ayres' official Facebook page on Saturday evening.

A statement read: "We have some awful news to bring you. There's is no easy way to report this. Danny has passed away.

"His passing is tragic, extremely sad and very untimely. To say we are shocked and devastated is an understatement. Our thoughts and condolences are with Danny's family."

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Ayres, who was born in Bury St Edmunds, had only just sealed his dream move to Premiership side Ipswich Witches earlier this month and was due to ride for them in the upcoming season.

He'd previously captained Mildenhall Fen Tigers in the National League and was named their 'Rider of the Year' at the club's annual presentation night in October 2019.

He came into the relatively sport late, only pursuing a speedway career in 2014 after making the switch from motocross.

Following news of his death, tributes poured in on social media from fellow riders - including Ipswich Witches teammate Danny King who described him as a "great bloke" and a "real character."

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