Hundred-strong motorcycle escort for Gosport crash victim’s funeral

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BIKERS turned out in a show of solidarity for David Ayling as they escorted his hearse to his funeral.

Police motorcycle outriders stopped traffic as the biker brotherhood drove out of Gosport with 20-year-old David (pictured), who died after crashing his own bike.

The motorcycle hearse of David Ayling

The motorcycle hearse of David Ayling

Family, friends and people who did not know the keen rider, from Heritage Way, Gosport, travelled from his home to Portchester Crematorium yesterday.

Dozens more joined as the more than 100-strong cortege stopped at Portsdown Hill.

David’s grieving mother Rose, 42, paid a moving tribute to her son.

Speaking before the service she said: ‘He was my youngest son, he never had a bad word to say about anyone.

jpns-18-09-14-001 David Ayling re his Funeral''Picture: James Ward

jpns-18-09-14-001 David Ayling re his Funeral''Picture: James Ward

‘He was always thinking about other people and always so generous.

‘You can’t fault him at all. He always put everyone else before himself.’

David, who has an older brother and sister, died after crashing his white Kawasaki motorbike on the M27 sliproad at Fareham on August 31.

He had been on his way to watch a film at a cinema with a group of friends who were travelling in a car behind him.

jpns David Ayling Funeral pic 7''David Ayling's motorcycle hearse

jpns David Ayling Funeral pic 7''David Ayling's motorcycle hearse

Bikers gathered at the Kick Start Rider Training ground in Heritage Way, Gosport, from around 9.30am before setting off to Portsdown Hill – one of David’s favourite place – two hours later.

David’s best friend Adam Thomas, 20, led the group wearing green and black leathers his pal used to wear.

Adam, of Conifer Grove, Bridgemary, said: ‘The ride was absolutely amazing, it was really nice to get support from everyone. People came to send off a brother in arms. It’s what he deserved.’

David’s former girlfriend Nicky Fox, from Southampton, had travelled to Gosport to bid farewell. The pair had split up before his death but were close.

jpns David Ayling Funeral pic 9''Bikers showed out in force to escort David Ayling, 20, from Gosport, to his funeral service on September 17, 2014. David died after crashing his white Kawasaki motorbike on the M27 sliproad at Fareham on August 31, 2014.

jpns David Ayling Funeral pic 9''Bikers showed out in force to escort David Ayling, 20, from Gosport, to his funeral service on September 17, 2014. David died after crashing his white Kawasaki motorbike on the M27 sliproad at Fareham on August 31, 2014.

She said: ‘He always put a smile on your face if you were down.

‘He didn’t have a bad bone in his body, everyone just loved him.

‘When I found out I couldn’t stop crying. He was such a genuine person.’

The former Fareham College motorcycle mechanic student moved to the area four years ago.

Gary Ashton, owner of the training school near David’s home, knew him. He said: ‘He was a lovely young man.

‘Motorcyclists are a brotherhood, if there’s a biker down it affects all the bikers.’

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward – call 101 with information.