13 September 2012, 12:25
The family of a 33 year old motorcyclist from Northamptonshire who was killed when his bike went off a road have released a tribute to him.
Martin Nurton, from Rushden, was riding towards the Kingston area of Milton Keynes on the evening of Friday 7 September 2012 when his bike left the H8 Standing Way near the junction of Leominster Gate, Monkston.
He had been riding a green Kawasaki motorcycle alongside another biker riding a black Suzuki motorcycle.
Martin's wife, Suzanne Simmons (photographed with Martin, left) said: “I feel extremely lucky to have not only met my soul mate, but to have been with him for ten wonderful years.
"Martin was brilliant to be around; he was fun, kind, caring and extremely supportive, and I know my life, as well as the lives of others close to him have been enriched by him.
"He was outgoing and always making people laugh whether it was with his jokes, or because he’d said something silly, and I as well as his friends and close family have an endless number of stories about him and the wonderful time we shared together.
"For the last seven years Martin had been running Horizon after his mother and father started the company many years ago.
"Martin’s passion was motorcycling, so teaching others to ride was not only enjoyable for him, but something he was naturally good at, and to this day, our past students still come back to Horizon to visit.
"He was an exceptional rider, not only on the road but on the track too and I will miss seeing him on a motorcycle and the great advice he was always happy to offer.
"Both myself and the Horizon team would like to thank everyone for their support at this time and together we will continue to run Horizon in the way he would have wanted.”
Thames Valley Police are still appealing for witnesses to the crash which happened at around 6.15pm. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Irwin at Milton Keynes Roads Policing Joint Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.