The motorcycle-racing community lost a great one last month when Dane Westby passed away due to injuries from a street crash.
Almost immediately, the memorials began for Westby, nicknamed the “Wolverine” by five-time Daytona 200 Champion Scott Russell. The latest is a touching video by Chris Matye of “sportbike TV for the web” On The Throttle.
On behalf of his client Broaster Chicken, Matye worked with Westby Racing during the 2014 AMA Pro Racing season, and chronicled much of Dane’s efforts. Some of the highlights of the season include wins at Barber Motorsports Park and New Jersey Motorsports Park, as well as his podium finish at Road America.
Westby was set to pilot the #00 Yamahalube-backed Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 in the Superstock 1000 class of MotoAmerica – North America’s new road-racing series spearheaded by three-time 500 GP Champion Wayne Rainey.
The 28-year-old Westby didn’t compete at this year’s Daytona 200, but rode a bicycle there from his hometown in Tulsa, Okla., and then drove the pace car. These kinds of actions are what made Westby such an admired character, and they will live on forever as part of his legacy.
For more on Dane Westby’s untimely death, visit our coverage here.