Tributes paid to TT competitors who lost their lives in races

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Tributes have been paid to two TT riders who died during racing.

The racers’ deaths are not the only ones to have marred this year’s event – a Sulby man died on Tuesday in a three-vehicle collision on the main Sulby to Ramsey road, at the junction with Garey Road.

Gary Johnson pictured in hospital

Gary Johnson pictured in hospital

He had not been named as the Manx Independent went to press.

Lincolnshire rider Gary Johnson was in hospital with a broken collar bone and a cracked vertebrae after coming off his Kawasaki during Tuesday’s racing.

The first fatality was regular TT and Manx Grand Prix competitor Bob Price. He was killed during Monday’s Supersport 1 race following an incident at Ballaugh on lap three.

Price, aged 65,a car body repair shop owner from Stroud, Gloucestershire, first competed in the TT in 1992.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/06/2014: Bob Price on the SP Electrical Yamaha R6 supersport bike at the Creg na Baa during Monster Energy Supersport race one at the 2014 Isle of Man TT

PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/06/2014: Bob Price on the SP Electrical Yamaha R6 supersport bike at the Creg na Baa during Monster Energy Supersport race one at the 2014 Isle of Man TT

Highlights of his Mountain Course career included third place in the MGP Junior Classic in 2002 and runner up position in the same year in the Senior Classic.

Three times British Supersport champion and British Superbike rider Karl Harris was killed during Tuesday’s Superstock race, following an incident at Joey’s on the second lap. Harris, aged 34, of Sheffield, made his TT debut in 2012.

TT clerk of the course Gary Thompson 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 about the riders’ deaths, and investigations are under way into the circumstances of the incidents.

Lincolnshire rider Gary Johnson, aged 33, was airlifted to Noble’s Hospital on Tuesday after coming off at Ramsey Hairpin during the Superstock race, a day after he took victory in the Supersport 1.

Smiths Triumph posted on Twitter: ‘Gary has broken his collar bone and is still undergoing scans but is winding up the nurses so is in good spirits.

‘Gary has also cracked a vertebrae in his neck but generally has escaped very lightly it seems. Thank you all for your well wishes to Gary. We’re sure that they will put a smile on his face!’

He was released from hospital yesterday (Thursday)/

The fatality on open roads involved a collision between a car and two motorcycles at about 10.20am on Tuesday. A man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A rider and pillion passenger sustained non life-threatening injuries. The car driver and passengers not hurt.

Inspector Derek Flint said: ‘Sadly as a result of this collision, a gentleman has lost his life.

‘We will now need to carry out further work to establish fully what has happened.’

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