Family pay tribute to ‘beloved’ teenage motorcyclist who died in Wigan off-road crash

"He touched more hearts than many do in a lifetime."

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 27th June 2024

The heartbroken family of a teenager motorcyclist who died in an off-road crash in Wigan have paid tribute to him.

Josh Sharpe is being remembered for his “empathy and generosity”.

The 19-year-old “much-loved son, brother, and partner” sadly lost his life following a fatal collision at Astley Raceway, close to the Wigan town of Tyldesley, this past Saturday (22 June), despite the best efforts of all emergency services who attended the scene.

The “very sporty” teenager developed a love for motorbikes at a “very young age”, according to his family in their touching tribute paid to him.

“Josh was very sporty and excelled naturally in football,” the family’s tribute begins.


“He played for Rishton United Football Club Juniors and Hyndburn Youths. Josh’s love for motorbikes developed at a very young age and he often rode them with his Dad on weekends. Although he has always loved motorbikes, it wasn’t until he was financially independent that he was able to enjoy this hobby more frequently with his friends.”

Josh’s family highlighted his “kindness” as being the quality that stood out the most.


“He had an ability to sense when someone needed a friend, a kind word, or a gentle smile,” their tribute continues.

The family of a ‘beloved’ teenage motorcyclist who died in an off-road crash in Wigan have paid tribute to him / Credit: GMP

“He was always the first to offer help, never asking for anything in return. His empathy and generosity were beyond his years, qualities that made him beloved by everyone who knew him. In his short life, he touched more hearts than many do in a lifetime.”

Following the tragic incident, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has launched an investigation and is appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident at the track, but has not yet been spoken to, to come forward to provide information.


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Anyone with information can contact police via 0161 856 4741, 101, or alternatively, online at quoting log 1673 of 22/06/24.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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