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Renfrow, 46, dies after fall at home
Associated Press

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Three-time AMA national road racing champion Randy Renfrow died from head injuries suffered when he fell down a staircase.

Renfrow, 46, fell on Tuesday at his parents' home and died Friday morning. He had been recovering from serious injuries sustained in March during a racing accident at Daytona International Speedway.

He began his professional road racing career in 1981 and won the AMA 250 Grand Prix championship in 1983. Renfrow won the Formula One title in 1986 and the Pro Twins Series in 1989.

Renfrow was known for his ability to be competitive on any type of motorcycle.

He won 17 AMA Nationals in four classes, including a 1990 AMA Superbike race at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, Calif.

Renfrow came back to racing after several serious injuries and always approached racing with the enthusiasm of someone new to the sport.

''I've never seen a more determined rider than Randy,'' said Ron Barrick, Renfrow's mechanic during his Formula One and 250 Grand Prix championships. ''He gained the respect of his peers with his tenacious spirit as he continued to race at a high level, well after his peak championship winning years, simply for the thrill of the competition.''

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