Wednesday 13 December 2017

Irish rider becomes the third biker to die at Isle of Man TT race in space of 24 hours

Alan Bonner RIP
Alan Bonner RIP

Paul Sheridan

An Irish racer has become the third rider to be killed during the Isle of Man TT in less than 24 hours.

Alan Bonner (33), from Stamullen, Co Meath, died yesterday during a practice run for Friday's Senior TT race.

The Irish racer came off his bike at the 33rd milestone of the circuit around 3.30pm, and despite the best efforts of emergency services, he died soon after.

A red flag was raised and the rest of the day's racing was called off.

Isle of Man races are notoriously treacherous, with the course set up over more than 37 miles of public roads across the island.

A race figure said last night the 33rd milestone where Mr Bonner was killed was "a particularly quick and tricky" part of the course.

In a statement released last night, race organiser ACU Events Ltd said it wished to extend its "deepest sympathies to Alan's family and friends".

"Alan made his TT mountain course debut at the 2014 TT Races and had a highest placed finish of 15th, which he achieved in the 2015 Senior TT.

"He was the fastest ever TT rider from the Republic of Ireland with a lap of 127.09mph (204.5kmh) which he achieved in 2015."

Mr Bonner's death brings to three the number of racers killed at this year's Isle of Man TT race. Mr Bonner's death follows those of Jochem van den Hoek and British racer Davey Lambert (48).

Yesterday, race officials announced the news that Mr van den Hoek (28), from Werkendam in the Netherlands, died from injuries sustained in a crash at the 11th milestone in the Superstock race.

Speaking to the 'Herald's' Eamon Carr in one of his last interviews earlier this year, Mr Bonner (inset) revealed how he bounced back after a serious crash in 2015 and was aiming to post a new Irish record on his BMW at the TT by going past 209kmh.

Mr Bonner was set to ride a BMW S1000RR and said he believed the time had come to make more history.

Irish Independent

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