The world of motocross has seen a flood of moving and heartwarming tributes paid to the life of Steven Lenoir.
Both fans and riders have offered their condolences to Steven’s family and celebrated the life of the 25-year-old Frenchman.
On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, fans shared their messages with other moto fans.
Theresa Boury Hoffman – Not another one! Such heartache with so many deaths in this sport this year.
Mark Hedges – Oh my god I can’t believe this! RIP Steven don’t know what to say.
Craig Kosters – Sorry to hear this news! Prayers to Steven Lenoir’s family and friends. Definitely not the news we want to hear.
Jacqui Malins – R.I.P Steven Lenoir, my heart goes out to his family and friends #685.
Carly Rathmell – Another terribly sad day for the sport RIP Steven Lenoir.
Paul Malin – RIP @stevenlenoir685 – 2015 Maxxis British MX2 Champion – 2010 EMX250 European Champion. My thoughts are with his family, his friends and his loved ones. A truly sad day for the motocross community.
Across social media, pro riders and teams, including Steven’s team HR Kawasaki expressed their sadness at the loss.
HR Kawasaki – No words can express the sadness we feel hearing the heartbreaking news about Steven . Our thoughts are with his family for their loss of a truly special son . He inspired all of us by his dedication but it was his smiling face and humour that truly enriched our lives and he will be sadly missed by us all. We will never forget you Steve.
Jordan Divall – Words can not describe this news I had this morning. My best friend but also someone I looked up to had a crash while in timed training and sadly passed away on arrival to the hospital. I will never forget all the things you have done for me. You taught me so much on the bike and setting up the bike. I am absolutely devastated. This is the worst day ever. You was my brother from another mother! I am thinking of my second family @_une_espagnol @__wendy_lenoir__ @philippe_lenoir and Regine, my love and thoughts are with you.
24MX Honda Racing – The Honda Racing Family are sad to hear of the loss of Steven Lenoir. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, team and fans at this time.
Kawasaki Team Green – Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of @lenoirsteven Thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. RIP #685.
Jordi Tixier – RIP … No words … hours of motorcycle riding together from our youngest age in 85cc. You will be missed a lot. And never will you be forgotten.
Tommy Searle – Truly unbelievable and heartbreaking to hear the news today. One of the nicest, hardworking people you could ever wish to meet! I Had a lot of good days in the gym and at the track with you. Ride in Peace mate we will never forget you.
Bryan Mackenzie – Really gutted to hear about the passing of Steven Lenoir this morning. He was a good guy and a great rival. #685
Adam Sterry – Such sad news today! Had many great battles with this guy, always a tough competitor. Thinking of his family and close friends rip Steven.
Max Anstie – Can not believe we have lost such a great guy and great competitor. Thoughts are with everyone close to him. British motocross won’t be the same 685.
Martin Barr – I’m lost for words, was an awesome guy on and off the track and always had time for a chat! Thoughts are with his family and friends #RIP #685
James Dunn – Devastating news, he’s a true ambassador to our sport we all love and will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family and friends #RIP #685.
Elliott Banks-Browne – Heartbroken at the news of the passing of Steven Lenoir. I will never forget our battles and your true sportsmanship… You will truly be missed my friend… My thoughts go out to all his family and the people who had the privilege of knowing him.. #685.
Sean Mitchell – Rip to #685 Steven Lenoir we had some good battles sad day for MX community.
Matt Moffat is still mourning the loss of close friend Thomas Brown after a motocross accident tragically took his life, said on Instagram: “Tragic news again, someone else passing away to early, a top guy on and off the bike! My thoughts go to his family and friends, RIP dude.”
And possibly one of the most moving tributes came from fellow countryman and close friend, Thomas Ramette.
“Steven, we spent our entire childhood and adolescence to crisscross the fields of France for the minivert, the cadet and the junior,” he said in a heartbreaking post on Instagram. “You were one of my best friends and we grew up together throughout these wonderful years that made us men. “We spent unforgettable moments together with Phiphi, Régine and your little sisters Alison and Wendy.
“We got some memorable stuff on the track and magical moments outside in the campsites on holidays or during the New Year.
“You were a true warrior on the runway and a man with a big heart outside.
“Today, my heart is broken by this tragic accident and seeing you leave so early.
“Rest in peace my friend.”