Co Down racer Davy Morgan becomes third rider killed in 2022 Isle of Man TT
CO DOWN motorcycle racer Davy Morgan has died following a crash at the Isle of Mann TT.
The 52-year-old from Saintfield was killed on Monday morning while on his third and final lap of the annual event's Supersport race.
The crash occurred at the 27th Milestone of the course, in what was his 80th TT race start.
Mr Morgan, a former North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix winner, was an experienced pro rider with a career lasting almost years since his first TT race in 1993.
He is the third person to die in this year's TT event, following the death of French sidecar passenger Olivier Lavorel (35), who was involved in a crash on Saturday.
Mr Lavorel's sidecar driver Cesar Chanel remains in a critical condition in hospital following the crash.
Meanwhile, Welsh rider Mark Purslow (29) lost his life in a TT qualifying crash last Wednesday.
In a statement last night, TT organisers confirmed Mr Morgan's death "with a heavy heart".
"Davy was a highly experienced TT competitor, having contested every TT since his debut in the 2002 Production 600 Race, and today's Supersport Race was his 80th TT start," a spokesperson said, adding: "The Isle of Man TT Races pass on their deepest sympathy to Davy's partner Trudy, his family, loved ones, and friends."
The statement described Mr Morgan as a "stalwart of the TT paddock", adding: "His distinctive pink helmet was a regular and recognisable sight within road racing, having competed in hundreds of races across the Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT, Southern 100, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Macau Grand Prix, Oliver's Mount, and Irish national races, with numerous podiums and race victories along the way."