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Rider dies in Isle of Man Superbike race

Daniel Herrero

Tuesday 4th June, 2019 - 10:29am

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Daley Mathison in last year’s Zero TT racing pic: Isle of Man TT

English rider Daley Mathison has died at the age of 27 having crashed during the first race of this year’s Isle of Man TT event.

Mathison was competing in the Superbike race, which has been rescheduled from Saturday due to poor weather, when he crashed near the start of the third lap of the 37.73 mile Mountain Course.

The incident saw the four-lap encounter red flagged and results backdated to Lap 2.

A statement from organisers read: “ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Daley Mathison, 27, from Stockton on Tees, Durham was killed in an incident during the Superbike Race today at the Isle of Man TT Races.

“The accident occurred at Snugborough, just over 2 miles into the Course, on the 3rd lap of the race.

“Daley was an experienced competitor and was seeded 19th for today’s race. He made his Mountain Course debut in the 2013 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers A Race, finishing fifth.

“His TT career included three consecutive podiums in the TT Zero electric bike Race in 2016, 2017 and 2018 including the runner up position in the race last year, representing Nottingham University.

“He also achieved an 11th place finish in last year’s Superstock Race and a pair of 13th place finishes in the 2017 and 2018 Senior TT Races.

“He set his fastest lap of the Mountain Course – 128.054mph – in the 2018 Superstock race which made him the 34th fastest rider of all time. He set the second fastest TT Zero lap ever with lap of 119.294mph in the 2018 race.

“In total he started 19 TT Races with 14 finishes and 3 podiums and won 6 silver and 8 bronze replicas.

“ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Daley’s wife Natalie, his family and friends.”

Victory went to Peter Hickman, who was involved in a battle with Dean Harrison and led into the pit stops at the end of Lap 2.

Harrison was classified second and Conor Cummins third.

The day’s Supersport race went to Lee Johnston, a first-time winner at the Isle of Man TT, while the first Sidecar race of the event was taken out by Ben and Tom Birchall.

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