Racer killed in MGP 500cc Classic

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A COMPETITOR died during today's 500cc Classic Manx Grand Prix race.

Adam Easton, 71, from Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, died following an incident at Lambfell on the approach to Cronk-Y-Voddy.

He was an experienced competitor who first raced at the Manx Grand Prix in 1983, when he competed in the Classic Junior Race. He recorded a highest placed finish of 11th in last year’s Classic Senior Race. In total he competed in 34 Manx Grand Prix races and also finished 22nd in the Historic TT in 1984, the only year he missed the Manx Grand Prix.

Bill Bennett, the chairman of the Manx Motor Cycle Club, commented: 'I knew Adam well from when he first competed at the Manx Grand Prix. He was very much part of the Manx Grand Prix family, well liked by everyone in the paddock and one of the real characters involved with the event. He will be greatly missed.'

He is the third competitor to lose his life in the Manx Grand Prix this year.

Neil Kent, who won last year’s lightweight, died during a practice session last Wednesday.

On Monday, less than two days after winning the Newcomers’ Manx Grand Prix, Wayne Hamilton died in a crash during the Junior race.

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