Sheffield rider Karl Harris was killed during the Superstock Race on Tuesday afternoon following an incident at Joey’s on the second lap of the race.
The 34-year-old, a professional motorbike racer, made his TT Races debut in 2012. He was a triple British Supersport Champion and British Superbike podium finisher.
Harris appeared on the racing scene as a teenager in the 1990s when he rode for Team Great Britain in the Superteen Championship. From there, Harris went on to win the 1999 European Superstock 1000cc Championship before spending a season in the World Supersport Championship.
He was best known for his British Championship career. He was the dominant force in the British Supersport Championship in the early 2000s before becoming a prominent front-runner in the Superbike class for the factory Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha teams.
Harris won three British Supersport Championships between 2001 and 2004, the first for Crescent Suzuki and the remaining two for Honda Racing, before progressing full time to the premier Superbike category in 2005. His best season came in 2006 when he finished in fifth place overall, recording six podiums. In total, Harris notched up 12 BSB podiums.
The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Karl’s family and friends.
Gary Thompson, TT Clerk of the Course, ACU Events, said: ‘Karl was one of the great characters in the race paddock. His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour lit up many race meetings. He was a hugely talented racer and will be sorely missed.’
The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is under way.
The news follows the death of Bob Price, aged 65, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, who was killed yesterday (Monday) during the Supersport 1 Race following an incident at Ballaugh on the third lap of the race.