DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - As thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather in Daytona Beach for Biketoberfest, some are mourning the death of professional racer Rick Shaw and race student Eric Desy, who were both killed before noon Thursday during a training session at the Daytona International Speedway.
According to the speedway, Shaw had a long history of racing at Daytona and for several years held the record for most miles raced in the Daytona 200, a well-known motorcycle race held in the spring.
Shaw was acting as an instructor and Desy, of Montreal, was a student with the Team Hammer advanced riding school, when the accident happened.
A representative with the school said riders reach speeds of anywhere between 100 and 150 mph. The school has been coming to Daytona to offer the training since 1990.
A school official said they have trained well over 5,000 riders and haven't had a major accident.