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Tandragee overshadowed by the death of Noel Murphy

Willis Marshall

THE Tandragee 100 Road Races once again brought tragedy after 28-year-old Lusk rider Noel Murphy lost his life in a crash during the final lap of the junior support race.

The North County Dublin rider crashed on his 600cc Kawasaki at a section of the circuit known as Cooley hill.

An inquest into his death has been launched by both the Motorcycling Union of Ireland (MCUI) and the PSNI. he is the second rider from Lusk to have been killed at the Tandragee 100 road races. On the same date in 2008, Martin Finnegan was killed during the Supersport 600cc race.

After a lengthy delay, racing resumed at the event on Saturday after Mr Murphy's father, who was attending the event, asked for racing to continue.

In the open senior race late on Saturday night, Manxman Dan Kneen took another victory on the Be Racing Suzuki.

The race was reduced to two laps due to fading light, with Kneen taking the win by just 0.9 seconds from Athlone's Derek McGee and Ballyclare's Jamie hamilton on the Wilson Craig Racing honda.

Kneen would make it a double with a fine win in the feature race, the Tandragee 100 Superbike race.

After the earlier fatal incident, the grid was largely depleted, with many riders refusing to race, and the race itself reduced to three laps.

Kneen took a double victory with a 2.8sec win over Banbridge rider Shaun Anderson and Saintfield's Davy Morgan.

In the Supersport 600cc race, there was a first time win for Ballymoney rider William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki.

Dunlop had to work hard for his win, taking the lead on the penultimate lap before beating Keith Amor and Derek McGee.

Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar clocked up his 200th Irish National road race win in the 500 classic race and then went onto to add win 201 in the Moto450cc race, setting a new class lap record.

Farquhar's Team KMR rider Conor Behan won the Supertwins 650cc race, but the day will be sadly remembered for the tragic loss of Noel Murphy's life.

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