Mr Hughes, aged 62, from Driffield, died at the scene after his red Ducati 1299 motorbike was involved in a collision with a red Volkswagen Transporter van.
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The crash happened just south of the village of Hawsker at around 7.15am on Sunday, July 7.
Mr Hughes was travelling in the direction of Whitby in the company of two other motorbikes when the crash happened.
The driver of the Volkswagen Transporter, a 38 year-old man from the Midlands area, was arrested at the scene and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Police are appealing to anyone who saw either of the vehicles prior to the incident or who witnessed the collision itself to contact them.
-> Exclusive: Network Rail admit errors after East Coast Main Line closure decision not passed on for up to four monthsAnyone with any information, including any dash-cam footage taken in the area prior to, or after the collision, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Unit or email [email protected]
Quote reference number 12190122590 when providing any information.