A competitor who’s from the Isle of Man was killed in practices for the Manx Grand Prix last night.
Steve Osborne, who was 60 years old and married, came off his machine at the junction of Alexander Drive and Quarterbridge Road.
He was treated in hospital but died from his injuries.
Mr Osborne, an IT consultant who worked from the government, was a newcomer to the races.
The chairman of the Manx Motorcycle Club, Harvey Gorton, said: ‘Steve was one of the great characters around the Manx Grand Prix paddock and was a well-known figure in the local racing scene.
‘It’s a great loss to the sport and on behalf of the club I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his son, Stuart, and his friends and family.’
His son, Stuart, was a newcomer in last year’s MGP and Mr Osborne was a member of his support team and pit crew.
The Manx Motor Cycle club said that Mr Osborne first competed on a home-built Bantam with the Formula Bantam Racing Club at Llandow in 1967 when he was 16.
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