Family's tribute to biker who 'touched many hearts'

Josh Sharpe pictured on an off-road motorcycle
Josh Sharpe had a passion for motorcycles from a young age, his family said [Family handout]

A biker who died after losing control of his motorcycle at an off-road track "touched more hearts than many do in a lifetime,” his family have said.

Josh Sharpe, 19, died following the crash at a track on Morley’s Lane in Astley, Wigan, on Saturday afternoon.

His relatives said he was a "kind" man with a passion for motorcycles which began at an early age.

Greater Manchester Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.

Josh Sharpe
Josh Sharpe was a keen footballer, his family said [Family handout]

Mr Sharpe, a keen footballer, played for Rishton United Football Club Juniors and Hyndburn Youths and often rode motorcycles with his father on weekends, his family said.

They said: "Although he has always loved motorbikes, it wasn’t until he was financially independent that he was able to enjoy this hobby more frequently with his friends.

“What stood out most about Josh was his kindness.

"He had an ability to sense when someone needed a friend, a kind word, or a gentle smile.

"He was always the first to offer help, never asking for anything in return.

"His empathy and generosity were beyond his years, qualities that made him beloved by everyone who knew him.

"In his short life, he touched more hearts than many do in a lifetime.”

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