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Motorcycle rider killed in crash at Biketoberfest

An unidentified motorcyclist killed in a crash on area roads marks the first fatality during Biketoberfest -- the annual motorcycle festival in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach police say the male victim lost control of his bike Friday night, hit a curb and a fence and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports two motorcyclists were killed Thursday during a private training session at Daytona International Speedway.

Biketoberfest draws motorcycle riders from all over North America and Europe. Festivities include street rallies, bike shows, racing, concerts, charity rides, expos, seminars and celebrity appearances. The event was started in 1992 as a way to build on the popularity of Daytona Beach Bike Week, a 10-day event held every March.