Family of Kesgrave chef Michael Ambrose say new motorbikes must be checked by specialists

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Mike Ambrose - Credit: Archant

The family of Kesgrave chef Michael Ambrose who died in a crash have urged anyone who has recently bought a motorbike or is thinking of buying one to get it assessed.

Mr Ambrose, 29, of Kesgrave, died after a collision involving the Suzuki GSX-R750 motorbike he was riding and a Land Rover Discovery on the B1078 near Otley in July 2014.

Following an inquest today, which ruled his death was misadventure, his family paid tribute to the “loving, caring and dutiful son”, who worked as a chef at the Westerfield Railway pub.

But they also said Mr Ambrose had not yet taken his recently-purchased Suzuki GSX-R750 to a specialist before the collision.

In a statement issued through Suffolk Constabulary, the family said: “Mike sadly died in a tragic accident on the B1078 at Swilland on the July 29, 2014, whilst out on his bike. He hadn’t had his Suzuki GSX-R750 long and was still getting used to riding it. He hadn’t got around to taking it to a specialist to be checked over and set up for him. If he had it might have prevented the bike from getting into a severe wobble which led to the loss of control and Mike losing his life.

“We would urge anyone who is thinking of buying, or has recently bought, a motorbike to get it checked over and set up for the rider, as this could save their life and their family’s heartbreak.

“A memorial bench has been placed at the Railway Inn where he worked, which we often visit. The owners also placed a memorial plaque in the kitchens in his honour. Mike is greatly loved and missed by everyone who knew him, but especially by us.”

The statement added: “Michael was a loving, caring and dutiful son who we love and dearly miss. As his parents, Michael, or Mike as he later liked to be called, gave us so many reasons to be proud but most of all we are proud that he was our son.

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“He always had time for his family and friends and would always do what he could to help anyone in need.

“Mike loved his work as a chef at the Railway Inn in Westerfield and in his spare time he would play online games like Call of Duty for which he was well known. He always had a passion for cars and then, later on, motorcycles.”