TRIBUTES have been paid to a motorcyclist who died after coming off his bike on a South Derbyshire road.
Matthew Illsley (pictured), 32, from Newhall, died following the incident near Netherseal on Sunday evening.
The keen biker, known as ‘Mash’ by friends and family, was riding his silver Kawazaki Z1000 in Grangewood Road when the tragedy happened at around 6.45pm.
He was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham but later died from his injuries.
The road was closed until midnight while collision investigators examined the scene.
Friends and well-wishers have taken to the Mail’s Facebook page to pay tribute to Mr Illsley, an electrician by trade who formerly studied at Burton College and John Taylor High School.
One of Mr Illsley’s friends, Michael Hill, posted: “RIP mash, gonna miss you mate.”
Fellow Facebook user Gill Cooper commented: “This is so incredibly sad. Brother of a good friend. You will be sorely missed. RIP.”
Meanwhile, Hayley Cawson added: “Such a shame. RIP. Thoughts are with the family.”
Any witnesses to the incident, or anyone who may have seen the motorbike travelling in the area at the time, should call Derbyshire Police on 101.
Sadly, Mr Illsley’s death is the latest in a long line of tragedies involving bikers on the region’s roads.
Richard Tobin, 31, from Church Gresley, died when his Suzuki bike hit a vehicle on the A444, near Overseal, in August 2012.
In July 2012, Andrew Watson, from Stretton, died in July 2012 on the A515 near Newborough after a collision with a tractor.
In May last year, 47-year-old Barry White, from Hartshorne, was killed after a collision on Burton Bridge.
Thomas Higgs, 54, from Linton, died after a crash with a lorry in Caldwell Road, near Drakelow, in March 2012.
And in April this year a motorcyclist was flown to hospital by air ambulance after an accident with a car at the junction of Wilmot Road and Hearthcote Road in Swadlincote.
Both Derbyshire and Staffordshire Police have been running high profile campaigns to tackle increasing fatalities involving motorcyclists on roads across the region.
Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership funded a campaign last year following a rise in the numbers of bikers killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads from 94 to 136 in a year.