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RIP Kelly Johnson OMRRA #303

It's been a sad couple of days since the tragic event that occurred Sunday during Omrra round 2. We lost a key member of the Omrra community in Kelly Johnson #303.
It happened in the last lap and the last turn of her final race of the weekend. I don't know all of the details because they wouldn't let us near the scene, but apparently she hit the wall coming out of T9 and died on impact. It still doesn't seem real. She was a top rider in her class and the lap record holder for ultra lightweight superbike.
Although I didn't know her personally except for a friendly smile in passing, you could tell she had extreme passion and love of the sport. I admired her for that fire she had and the fact she was kicking ass racing against men. Kelly also sang the national anthem for us before each race day. She will be sorely missed around the paddock. I know as racers we all share a common bond and if one of us goes down we all feel it.
My heart goes out to her family and friends. PIR will not be the same without her.
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Read about this on Roadracingworld.com So, so sad....
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RIP, and condolences. One has to believe she was doing what she loved up to the end. Very difficult to top that, IMHO. Too soon gone, but well lived.
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Sad to hear but if you think about it, this is probably the best way to say goodbye. See you on the other side Wonderful Lady.
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Didn't know her..

Sounds like a really beautiful lady.
Condolences to those who knew and loved her.
Hope they will take some comfort knowing that she loved the sport.
Reminder to us all, life is too short. Savor the time we have, let your loved ones know how important they are. You might not get a chance to say goodbye.
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It's been a sad couple of days since the tragic event that occurred Sunday during Omrra round 2. We lost a key member of the Omrra community in Kelly Johnson #303.
It happened in the last lap and the last turn of her final race of the weekend. I don't know all of the details because they wouldn't let us near the scene, but apparently she hit the wall coming out of T9 and died on impact. It still doesn't seem real. She was a top rider in her class and the lap record holder for ultra lightweight superbike.
Although I didn't know her personally except for a friendly smile in passing, you could tell she had extreme passion and love of the sport. I admired her for that fire she had and the fact she was kicking ass racing against men. Kelly also sang the national anthem for us before each race day. She will be sorely missed around the paddock. I know as racers we all share a common bond and if one of us goes down we all feel it.
My heart goes out to her family and friends. PIR will not be the same without her.
#rip303

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Curve 9A/9B are not the usual place one crashes let alone dies from. They are a shallow dbl apex that's a curvilinear section that opens up prior to heading into the last complex (T10 - T12). Do you know if she turned in too sharp and bounced out, or was struck by another rider?

Regardless, it's all too sad. She will always have a seat at the eternal banquet that occurs at the end of each of our seasons for all racers. She will always be a sister racer!

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My condolences. My prayers will be for her family this morning.
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Curve 9A/9B are not the usual place one crashes let alone dies from. They are a shallow dbl apex that's a curvilinear section that opens up prior to heading into the last complex (T10 - T12). Do you know if she turned in too sharp and bounced out, or was struck by another rider?

Regardless, it's all too sad. She will always have a seat at the eternal banquet that occurs at the end of each of our seasons for all racers. She will always be a sister racer!
I think you are referring to the section before the back straight which on the track map would be 9a/9b when the chicane is added. This happened at the more commonly referred to T9 which is the last turn before the front straight and finish line. We had raced in the rain with 50 degree temps most of the weekend but this race happened to be one of the very few races where the track seemed to be dry and you could run slicks.
Thanks for all of the thoughts and prayers sent the Johnson's way. Even Roger Hayden mentioned her in his facebook post monday morning offering his condolences. He says "it always hits home" when it happens in our sport. Unfortunately later that day he has to deal with an unthinkable tragedy of his own. A rough week for racing when you add the John McGuiness crash as well.

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