Club loses 'larrikin' mate in motorbike crash
MEMBERS of the Darling Downs Riders motorcycle club are mourning the tragic loss of popular club member and fellow rider John "Panda" Watton.
Mr Watton, who police said was 40, died as a result of injuries sustained when his motorcycle crashed with a car on the Esk-Hampton Rd about 15km west of Esk about 9.15am Saturday.
The driver of the other vehicle sustained relatively minor injuries.
Darling Downs Riders' president Mick Bampton-Hore said within hours of the tragedy the club's Facebook page was full of tributes from people who knew Mr Watton.
"He was the lovable larrikin, he really was," Mr Bampton-Hore said.
"He knew how to ride, he was a very good rider."
Mr Bampton-Hore's own Facebook tribute post, in part, read: "It is with great sadness that I announce that a member of Darling Downs Riders passed away as a result of fatality on the Hampton-Esk road.
"John PANDA Watton was a loveable larakin.
"I think everyone who ever met him would never forget him.
"There was always a smile on his face, usually followed by a good laugh.
"He was an awesome person and the world is definitely one good man less tonight. RIP my friend."
Forensic Crash Unit investigations into the cause of the tragic accident are continuing.