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Isle of Man TT records third death in six days as paddock ‘heartbroken’ by death of ‘faithful’ Davy Morgan, 52


The 2022 Isle of Man TT suffered its third death in six days with the paddock left “heartbroken” by the loss of legendary Davy Morgan, 52.

The Northern Irishman from Saintfield was killed on Monday when he fell from his bike on the 27th milestone of the third and final lap of the first of two Supersport races.

Morgan was an event legend
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A veteran of the fatal event – who has competed in every TT since his debut in 2002 – Morgan tragically brings this year’s death toll to three.

Solo driver Mark Purslow, 29, died in a crash during qualifying on Wednesday, and French newcomer Olivier Lavorel was killed when his sidecar hit a crashed vehicle on Saturday.

Lavorel’s sidecar partner Cesar Chanel was airlifted to hospital in ‘critical condition’ while a fifth competitor, Dave Moffitt, was left in ‘critical but stable’ condition by a solo accident on Tuesday.

Tributes to Morgan have been paid across the cycling world after race organizers sent their “sincere condolences” to his family.

The County Down native started racing in 1993 and has competed in every Isle of Man TT since making his debut in 2002, with Monday’s race being his 80th and final attempt.

11-time TT winner Phillip McCallen led the tributes, saying: “Everyone in the paddock is heartbroken.


Isle of Man TT records third death in six days as paddock ‘heartbroken’ by death of ‘faithful’ Davy Morgan, 52
Morgan’s loss was felt across the sport
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“Davy was a great ambassador for the sport and a character, he is a massive loss to the sport but especially to his family and friends.

“Everyone in the road racing scene knew Davy Morgan, he was popular with everyone, an experienced competitor and a pillar of the sport.

“He was always helping other racers in any way he could and had a great racing pedigree.”

The total number of fatalities on the 37.7-mile course now stands at 263 since its inception in 1911, with a number of other events taking place alongside the TT.

The Isle of Man’s deadliest TT came in 1970 when six riders were killed, the freakishly fast road course passing through uncovered houses, walls and lampposts.


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