TRIBUTES have been paid to a motorbike enthusiast and dedicated dad killed in a road crash.
Richard Gibbons, 26, died when the bike he was riding was in collision with a lorry in Sandycroft, North Wales.
His long-term partner Hannah Founds - whose family run a World Championship motorbike sidecar racing team based in Little Neston called Team Founds - paid tribute to Richard.
'He was a fantastic partner and a great father,' said the 26-year-old secretary at the Countess of Chester physiotherapy department.
'Richard loved his motorbike and cars, he'd had his bike about nine months. He got into all that from my family as my brothers have raced sidecars.
'He was a great father to Ethan, four, and Rhys, three, and a great friend.
'He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. Everyone is devastated by what's happened. He was like a son to my dad and brother to my siblings.'
Mr Gibbons, who lived in Hamilton Avenue, Sandycroft, was a self-employed plasterer and served an apprenticeship with Hannah's father Des Founds, of Marshlands Road, Little Neston.
'He was a bit of a jack-the-lad but very, very easy to get on with once you knew him. He loved his two boys and was a hard-working lad,' said Des.
North Wales Police said the accident happened in Factory Road, Sandycroft, at 11.57am on Tuesday, February 7, as the motorbike was travelling east towards Saltney. They believe the rider lost control and was in collision with a stationary lorry.
Officers are examining CCTV footage to help try to determine a cause, but have appealed for witnesses to call them on 0845 607 1002.