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    Default Isle of Man TT fatalities

    The end of the Isle of Man TT celebrations have been overshadowed by news of a fatal incident on the last lap of the Senior race today.

    The organisers have released this official statement. No names have yet been released at the request of the police.

    THE STATEMENT

    The organisers of the Isle of Man TT races, the Manx Motor Cycle Club Limited, can confirm that a rider has died from injuries sustained in the Senior race on Friday 8th June 2007. He was involved in an incident at the 26th milestone on the mountain and was confirmed dead at the scene.

    The incident at the 26th milestone also involved four other people. One person was also confirmed dead at the scene. An additional person was confirmed dead after admission at Nobles hospital. Two further people were also involved in the incident and have sustained injuries.

    The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.

    The organisers express their sympathy to the families and friends involved.
    This was posted on the Bikers Oracle Mille forums:-

    Apparently the rider was Mark Ramsbottom (ex Aprilia Mille challenge rider) and unconfirmed reports are he lost control and took out 4 spectators, 2 of which have also passed away.
    Condolences to the families of all involved.

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    Jeez thats terrible..

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    I love bikes, I dream of owning one, but this is the exact reason I'd never go ahead and get one.

    Sympathy to everyone involved

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    I love bikes, can ride one well but not well enough to allow SWMBO to let me have one She say's i'm bad enough with 4 wheels under me, no way can i only have 2


    Sympathies go out to all the families involved.

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    I think one of biggest problems/issues is that the circuit stays the same, layout and surface wise apart from resurfacing work and reprofiling of corners year in year out, but the machines get quicker and more powerful and lighter every year.

    Some of these bikes are putting out to nigh on 200bhp and weigh very little.

    Road racing is a very specialised form of competition. There's not many bike racers who can be good at both track and road racing. Hizzy, Foggy and a few others managed it but not a lot do. It's why you wont ever see such talented riders such as Rossi, Toesland, Melandri and Haga ever racing on the road circuits. They belong on the track, put them on public roads and they would not be in the running at all.

    Kevin Schwantz was in the Isle of Man for the first time ever this year as a spectator. He went round the circuit with another rider showing him the lines and he was absolutely amazed at what these guys do during the race, he said so himself several times that there was just no way on earth he could push himself to ride at the level some of these guys do, despite being a world champion on the track.

    It takes a special skill and mindset to be able to compete at the highest level on roads such as the TT or the NW200.

    I dont know what the answer is as far as making it "safer" goes, perhaps there isn't one.

    It will be a sad day when and if road racing ends, if indeed it ever does. But who's to say it wont be for the best, if it stops riders being involved in fatal accidents during them?. I just dont know.

    Its an absolutely fantastic motorsport to watch, but it may well be that the technology of bike design has now outgrown and surpassed the ability to use them competitively on public roads. They may well be just too damn quick now.

    Mind you, the same could be said to a certain extent for Rallying.

    The way factory/works bikes are now evolving are now surpassing the safety line for riding on pretty much what is a public road. There's just too many dangers there compared to a closed track. Road furniture, trees......no run off points or kitty litter.

    I dont want to see it get shut down but you just never know, perhaps its time to think a bit more about it all, especially for the riders and their families sakes.

    It remains to be seen.

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    My dad's family live in Port Erin and every time we go over there I drive the TT course (by car). TBH that's scary enough. God knows how they manage it on a bike.

    Bottom line is the Isle of Man needs the TT.

    Condolences to the families involved.

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