A KEIGHLEY team has paid tribute to a much-loved motorcycling paddock character who has died aged 82.

Peggy Appleyard has been described as an 'integral part of the Appleyard Macadam team'.

The great grandmother was a huge fan of racing for more than 40 years and was a huge supporter of the Appleyard team's young riders, in particular.

Appleyard Macadam Yamaha paid a glowing tribute to Mrs Appleyard. The statement said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected and sad passing of Peggy Appleyard, a much loved, integral part of the Appleyard Macadam team.

"Peggy’s enthusiasm for racing remained undiminished over 40 years, was a great supporter of many young riders and indeed referred to the paddock as her second family.

"She was excited to watch Valentino Rossi’s final race with her family on television only this weekend.

"Peggy was proud of the race team and successful business that she and her late husband Colin had started over 50 years ago.

"She died at home, aged 82, having only hours before enjoyed lovely moments with her children Judith and Robin, grandchildren and great-grandchildren."

The team is the official Yamaha Supersport team and operate out of the Colin Appleyard Motorcycles workshops.

Appleyard Macadam Yamaha will be battling for an unsurpassed fifth Quattro Group British Supersport Championship in 2022, which will be their 14th season in the class.