Senior Manx Grand Prix red-flagged

This afternoon's Senior Manx Grand Prix has been red flagged

This afternoon's Senior Manx Grand Prix has been red flagged

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Friday afternoon’s delayed Full Factory Winnerswear Senior Manx Grand Prix was red-flagged.

Two separate incidents at Alpine Cottage and the 11th milestone caused the halting of the race with the leaders having little more than half a lap left to run of the week’s concluding contest.

One rider was involved in the former serious incident and three in the latter - all were taken to Noble’s Hospital for treatment.

Sadly, it was later confirmed that a visiting rider, Gary Firth from Barnsley in Yorkshire, lost his life in the incident at the 11th milestone on the Mountain Course, at approximately 1.45pm. The race was immediately red flagged.

Firth, 50, a newcomer to racing on the Mountain Course, finished 34th in the Newcomers A Race earlier in the week and had recorded his fastest lap of 102.282mph earlier in Friday’s race.

The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.

Alan Thomas, who was involved in an incident at Alpine Cottage, was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital where he was reported to have multiple fractures but is in a stable condition.

James Buckett and Hefyn Owen who were both involved in the incident at the 11th milestone were described as OK and were taken back to the Grandstand by course car.

As the four-lap race was over half-distance, clerk of the course Phil Taubman declared that it will not be restarted and the result will stand as the order at the end of lap two. This means Loughborough’s Andrew Soar is the winner from Michael Moulai and Rob Hodson.

The Manx Grand Prix Riders Reunion Parade, which was scheduled to follow the Senior, was cancelled because of the condition of the road at the 11th milestone.

The whole of the TT Course opened just before 4pm.

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