Three die in the Isle of Man TT Races this year


A THIRD man has died at the Isle of Man TT Races, bringing the total deaths to 32 within the last decade.

The Irish road racer died following a crash during qualifying for the Senior TT on the Isle of Man, the third to lose his life at this year’s event.

Alan Bonner, 33, from Stamullen in the Republic of Ireland suffered fatal injuries after crashing at the 33rd Milestone on the Mountain section.

Race organisers ACU Events Ltd said they wished to ‘pass on their deepest sympathy’ to his family and friends.

Bonner’s death follows those of Jochem van den Hoek and Davey Lambert.

Dutch racer Van den Hoek, 28, died hours earlier on Wednesday from injuries sustained in a crash at the 11th milestone in the Superstock race won by Ian Hutchinson.

He was representing the TC Racing Team on a 1000cc Honda Fireblade and had achieved his best ever finish in Sunday’s Superbike race.

Gateshead racer Lambert died in hospital in Merseyside on Tuesday from injuries sustained in the event’s opening Superbike race.

Lambert, from Gateshead, sustained multiple injuries after coming off his 1,000cc Kawasaki machine at Greeba Castle.

He crashed on lap three of the six-lap race on the Mountain Course.

The 48-year-old was airlifted to Nobles Hospital, before being transferred to Aintree Hospital in Merseyside.

Lambert was making his TT debut, but had previously competed at the Manx Grand Prix over the same course.

Mr Bonner crashed at the 33rd milestone on the Mountain section of the TT course

Following Bonner’s death qualifying was red flagged and cancelled and the day’s third TT Zero race was postponed until Thursday.

Bonner, from County Meath, was riding for Noel Williamson Racing and finished 30th in the Superstock race won by Ian Hutchinson held on the same day.

He was a regular competitor at Irish national road races and was Irish road race Senior Support champion in 2010.

His best TT result was 15th in the Senior race in 2015 having made his debut a year earlier.

In 2016, four racers died in total and 32 riders have now lost their lives over the past decade.

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