Inquest opens into MGP death

Neil Kent lifts the trophy after winning last year's MGP Lightweight race

Neil Kent lifts the trophy after winning last year's MGP Lightweight race

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AN inquest into the death of popular Manx Grand Prix veteran Neil Kent has been opened and adjourned.

Coroner Jayne Hughes found Mr Kent, who won last year’s MGP Lightweight race, died at Noble’s Hospital’s accident and emergency department after suffering head trauma in a crash at Greeba during a practice session last week.

Mr Kent, a 49-year-old single man who ran an electrical store in Boston, Lincolnshire, was taken to Noble’s after crashing in the Wednesday night practice session, but his death was certified soon after he arrived.

An experienced competitor who had been racing in the Manx Grand Prix since 1986, Mr Kent’s victory in the Lightweight race last year was his first on the Mountain Course.

He also won the John Goodall Spirit of the Manx Award, which recognises sportsmanship, endeavour and commitment.

Adjourning the inquest to allow investigations into the accident to continue, Mrs Hughes expressed her condolences to Mr Kent’s family and friends and in particular his mother, sister and stepson.

She released Mr Kent’s body to his family for a funeral.

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