The world motorsport community is in mourning following the passing of one of New Zealand’s fastest men on two wheels, Damon Rees.
Rees was rushed to Hull Hospital earlier in the week following a medical event not related to motorcycle racing. His wife of six months, Talia Rees, broke the news of his passing on social media with a statement reading, “I am heartbroken. I love you, Damon Rees – you are now my guardian angel”.
She was also the one to break the news of his hospitalisation, posting a story stating, “Unfortunately, Damo has found himself in ICU with a very severe medical condition (not motorcycle related). He is extremely unwell. He has had surgery to remove his colon and is sedated in an induced coma.”
At just 28 years old, Rees had fast-established himself as a rising star on a global stage, competing for Carl Cox Racing with Uggly & Co By Binch Pro in the Quattro Group British Supersport 600 category of the British Superbikes.
Rees had raced as recently as two weeks ago, finishing eighth and tenth in two races at Knockhill. He sits tenth in the British Supersport standings and was due to compete in Round 5 at Snetterton next weekend.
Rees’s hard work, commitment and grit had seen him establish himself as one of New Zealand’s top motorcycle riders, and it came as little surprise when he received the call-up to compete abroad.
In 2017, he was the New Zealand Superbike Supersport 600 champion, also picking up podiums in Australia along the way. From here, the sky was the limit, Rees picking up numerous accolades as he marched towards a bright future in the sport, flying the New Zealand flag at home and abroad.
“We’re absolutely devastated to report that our great friend Damon Rees has lost his fight with an unexpected medical situation,” read a statement from Carl Cox Motorsport.
“Carl met Damo in the New Zealand Superbike series and was impressed with his skill, determination and warm personality, and was more than happy to help him follow his dream to race in Europe. He, and his recently wed partner Talia, made a great life for themselves in British Superbikes, becoming a popular Kiwi pair in the paddock.
“We were fortunate to have Damo and Talia come out and visit us at the Isle of Man TT just a few weeks ago.
“Our thoughts are with Talia and Damo’s family and friends in this incredibly difficult time.”