A MOTORBIKE rider has died following a crash at the Castle Combe Circuit during a race meeting at the weekend.

Jer Thomas, 48, from Radstock, was involved in a collision with another bike during a race on Saturday as part of the Grand National Motorcycle meeting.

A statement issued by Castle Combe Racing and the NG Road Racing club said: “NG Road Racing and Castle Combe Circuit deeply regret that Jer Thomas succumbed to his injuries overnight, following an accident at the Esses section at Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with Abi, Rebecca, Caitlin and all family and friends. Further information will be released when available.”

Another rider, who collided with Mr Thomas, has been treated for a broken hip, sprained ankle and bruises at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Lee Davies wrote on Facebook: "RIP bud - you'll be sadly missed BUT never forgotten."

Shaun Wynne, director of SMW Maintenance & Building LTD at Frampton Cotterell, near Bristol, wrote: "It is with a broken heart I write this message to all my friends and fellow racers and anyone who knew my great friend Jer Thomas number 22 and team mate at SMW Racing and previously of Team Mixed Grill.

"People who know me will know I'm never lost for words but here I find myself completely and utterly stunned into silence for once, however I feel I owe this to you Jer as your friend.

"From day one that we met at Pembrey race circuit myself and Hilary Phillips, you and Abi welcomed us with open arms and from then onwards our friendship grew and also brought our families together  

"Yesterday's sad event has left a massive void not only to myself & family but to every person that had the privilege to of known you but rest assured Jer it will be mine and Tracy's honour to look out for your Abi, Rebecca and Caitlin not just in the short term but always as I know like the true gent you were you would do the same.

"I would like to pass onto Abi and the girls the numerous messages I have received from team members, their families and friends offering their support, It has been over whelming . My final words are to you Jer, ride the skies xxxxx."

Phil Bevan Trackday posted: "It is with immense sadness that I write this. Jer Thomas, a good friend, fellow team member, one of Phil's Trackday instructors and a racer in the SMW Racing team has passed away after an incident at Castle Combe yesterday.

"Rest in peace buddy, you will be sorely missed by everyone in the paddock. Our thoughts are with your family at this incredibly difficult time."

And Suzanne Davies wrote: "A great rider who will truly be missed!!"