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Motorcycle racing journalist and commentator Chris Carter has died. He was 74 and had been in poor health for some time.

Carter began commentating at race meetings from the age of 12 and went on to work for a variety of publications, covering every aspect of motorcycling - motocross, speedway, road racing and flat track. He was also involved in publishing racing books.

Paying tribute, International Road Racing Teams Association boss Mike Trimby said: “He passed on to me two projects that changed my life. In 1982 he proposed to the Grand Prix riders that I should represent their interests on safety, money and a range of other problems that were long overdue to be tackled.

“This appointment led directly to the formation in 1986 of IRTA which helped to elevate MotoGP to the level it enjoys today. Chris also dreamed up the idea of the Alexandra Palace Road Racing Show an event that grew to the largest, and I believe best, London motorcycle exhibition.”