ROBBIE Baillie, 25, spent his final moments enjoying the sunshine and fresh sea air at the beach.
He was at Mackay Harbour Beach Races with friends on Sunday, just hours before he died in a motorcycle crash on Beaconsfield Rd at the intersection with Snow Wright Crt.
Friends of Mr Baillie have remembered him as a "champion" with a "heart of gold".
Mr Baillie's housemate Christianne Iwaniuk said he was a great friend who would forever be remembered.
"He was a young man with a heart of gold who would do anything for anyone," she said.
"Sadly missed and will be forever remembered.
"Can we please ask for privacy as his family comes to terms with their tragic loss."
Mr Baillie's other housemate Kathleen Price also said her friend would be missed.
"Robbie was a champion and a wonderful friend who'll be missed by so many," Ms Price said.
The crash occurred on Sunday about 8.15pm.
Mackay District Inspector Andy Graham said police were still investigating the cause of the crash.
"We think speed is a major contributing factor to that accident," he said.
"We received information before the accident that a male person had been out there speeding, so we've been advised of the accident a short time later.
"Queensland Ambulance Service has arrived and he was pronounced dead at the scene." This is the second fatal crash in the suburbs in less than a month.
On July 31 an 81-year-old North Mackay woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Mulherin Dr.
Mackay Traffic Branch Sergeant Gerry Doyle said last year there had been 14 crashes, resulting in the death of 20 people, compared to this year when, to date, there had been 13 crashes resulting in 15 deaths.
"Fatalities can occur anywhere," Sgt Doyle said.
"People are mistaken if they think all fatalities occur on the highway. From time to time serious crashes occur in and around the town area, which result in death. So no matter where people are driving, they need to be on guard at all times."
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