The ACU are deeply saddened by the news that former world motocross GP rider Mark Hucklebridge who lost his seven-year battle with cancer, passed away on Wednesday morning (15th
March) at Bath RUH hospital. Mark was 39 years of age.
‘Huck’ as he was known by many in the Motocross paddock was a successful racer, rider trainer and organiser and raced for many of the UK’s best teams – MJ Church Kawasaki, Factory VOR, TM UK, KTM UK, Honda UK, Motoxtreme Kawasaki, Chambers KTM and Hockey Honda.
During his career Mark was a British schoolboy champion, winner of the Coupe de l’Avenir, Weston Beach Race, British Supercross Championship, KWS Championship and won several British Championship races. In 2003 Mark finished 18th
in the world and third overall in the British championship that year.
After quitting professional racing in 2008, Mark took up roles as a rider coach and event organiser and worked closely with many young riders and in 2009 became part of the ACU Academy, giving guidance to the likes of Ben Watson, Ryan Houghton and Josh Waterman as they claimed numerous British Youth titles between them.
Mark was well liked and respected by his fellow riders and everyone in the sport who got to know him, but unfortunately in 2010 was diagnosed with bowel cancer. As well as fighting his own health battles, he was also instrumental in setting up the Friends of Huck charity, set up to raise money for cancer charities including the Bath RUH hospital and seriously ill or injured motorcycle riders.
Many former rivals and fans have paid tributes to the great man and recalled memories of some of his greatest times. There have been hundreds of posts on social media paying tribute to Huck the hero.
We send our condolences to Mark’s wife Emma and son Charlie along with the rest of his family and friends.
Mark’s Funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Friday 24th March at St Mary the Virgin Church in Marshfield followed by a Family ONLY Burial in Marshfield Cemetery.
There will be a celebration of Mark’s life following on from the service which will take place at Grittleton House. The family would like to ask that everyone wear either shirt and tie / suits for men, smart dresses or trousers for ladies or a Friends of Huck hoody and Smart trousers.
Family flowers only please but donations can be made to Friends of Huck Charity should you wish.
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