December 10th 2004. Performance Bikes has reported the death of assistant editor Jamie Bartle, 31, who was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while riding near his home in Stamford, Leicestershire, on the morning of November 29th 2004.

Jamie started work at PB in 2003, after a distinguished career on the West Sussex County Times. First working at PB as production editor, Jamie was promoted to assistant editor earlier this year.

Acting editor Kar Lee referred to Jamie as his "right-hand man". Described as "the nicest chap you could ever hope to meet or ride with", there is no doubt that he will be sorely missed. Jamie leaves behind his parents, Sue and Malcolm, sister Vicky and many, many friends.

Jamie's funeral will be held today in Pulborough, Sussex. An additional ceremony will be held outside Media House on Tuesday December 14th, where Emap and the PB team will plant an oak tree to honour Jamie's memory.

All messages of condolence can be sent to acting editor Kar Lee. E-mail: