Shocked friends have paid tribute to Ramsgate dad and BXUK rider Michael Terraforte following the discovery of his body yesterday (December 20).
The 33 year old was found on land off the Thanet Way yesterday morning. He had been missing since Monday.
Police are not treating his death as suspicious.
Michael was known as Crash 100 on the BXUK motocross circuit and described as “the most entertaining rider” in competitions including the Margate Beach Cross.
The dad-of-four was also a motorbike enthusiast and dog lover.
BXUK organiser Tony Nash said news of Michael’s death had come as a huge shock to the sporting community.
He said: “Michael has always been a larger than life and colourful chap. He really made his mark through the sport in the UK and Europe.
“Everybody enjoyed his company, this has come as a complete and utter shock.
“He will be greatly missed. We will do what we can at future events for charity in his name, we are not going to forget him. Crash 100 will always be a part of our future events and we hope we can return to Margate and make a mark remembering Michael.
“We will carry on his character in a bright way. He was a lovely bloke and this is a real loss.”
Friends have described the TMS Gas Solutions worker, known as Galty, as an “amazing mate” and “lovely guy.” Many have posted to social media expressing their shock at the sad loss.
Michael leaves behind his four children, his parents and sisters, wife and many other family members and friends.
Kent Police said a report is now being prepared for the coroner.