Bikers rally to say farewell to Gosport man who died in crash

The aftermath of the crash on Sunday, August 31
The aftermath of the crash on Sunday, August 31

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MORE than a hundred motorcyclists are expected to escort a man in a motorbike hearse.

Bikers across the area will gather tomorrow for a ride remembering David Ayling (pictured), 20, of Heritage Way, Gosport.

David Ayling who was killed in a motorcyle crash on the sliproad of junction 11 of the M27 on August 31, 2014 LRsm21ntKgNdmLyF_U7H

David Ayling who was killed in a motorcyle crash on the sliproad of junction 11 of the M27 on August 31, 2014 LRsm21ntKgNdmLyF_U7H

He died after coming off his white Kawasaki motorbike at junction 11 on the M27 at Fareham.

Scarlet Hutton, 21, was a few years ahead of Mr Ayling at Fareham College while he was studying motorcycle maintenance.

She said: ‘I saw David about two hours before he passed away on his bike and he seemed just normal.

‘He was absolutely lovely, he was one of those guys you want to take home to your mum – always cheery and happy. It’s really sad to have lost him.

‘He was very keen on his bike, he was very chuffed with his bike.’

As reported, Mr Ayling, a chef at the Bun Penny pub in Lee-on-the-Solent, collided with a barrier and was pronounced dead at the scene.

It happened at 7.40pm on Sunday, August 31.

Now motorcyclists from across the area are due to meet at Kick Start Rider Training’s site at Explosion Museum, Heritage Way, in Gosport tomorrow at 9.30am,

The bikers will leave at 11.30am and escort the cortege first to Portsdown Hill past Mick’s Monster Burgers and through the car park.

Scarlett said Portsdown Hill was one of his favourite places to visit.

Family and friends will gather at the hill at midday.

The procession will then head to Portchester Crematorium for the funeral service.

Scarlet said after the service friends and family will then head to the Bun Penny to celebrate his life.

She added: ‘He was a very much loved and welcoming guy. He was one of those guys you couldn’t rub up the wrong way if you tried.’

Scarlett said she knew Mr Ayling for about three years.

Bikers have paid tribute to David, as have others on social media who knew him.

Fareham College has also paid tribute to Mr Ayling, who studied there between 2010 and 2013.

Principal Nigel Duncan said: ‘We are devastated to hear of the death of David.

‘He was totally committed to his passion for motorcycles and all those who taught him are shocked and saddened. Our thoughts at this very sad time are with David’s family and friends.’

He added Mr Ayling was an excellent student.