Reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop, who was known in motorcycling circles as “a flawed genius”, died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday.

Reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop, who was known in motorcycling circles as “a flawed genius”, died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday.


Hislop, 41, was flying his helicopter alone near Hawick in the Scottish Borders when the vehicle crashed near a farmhouse on Wednesday. The Briton won the British Superbike championship in 1995 and 2002 and also won 11 races at the Isle of Man TT.


In tribuite, former Superbike rider Steve Parrish told the : "It's such a tragedy for motorcycling. Steve was known in the industry as a flawed genius.


"He was so good when everything was running right. The flaw was that sometimes psychologically he hadn't got it all together and he could have an off day, but last year he rode a faultless season and took the championship.


"And when he was qualifying for a championship round at Donington Park, he broke Valentino Rossi's Grand Prix lap record, which is unheard of on a bike which is 25 per cent less powerful,” Parrish added.


Rob McElnea, Hislop's former manager at Virgin Yamaha, said Hislop was a colourful character who would be sorely missed by the world of motorcycling.


"What you got with Steve was an intricate person who wore his heart on his sleeve and just loved riding his motorcycle," McElnea said. "He was a perfectionist. He's such a big name in the sport, the current British champion, and has so much respect in our little world.