Superbike racer Daley Mathison killed after Isle of Man TT crash
Superbike racer Daley Mathison has died after a crash at the Isle of Man TT race.
The 27-year-old was racing a BMW when he crashed on the third lap of the opening RST Superbike race on Monday morning at Snugborough.
The session was immediately red flagged and the result declared from the end of the second lap.
Mathison's wife Natalie confirmed the tragic news on his Twitter feed, early on Monday afternoon.
She wrote: "Not something I ever wanted to write but here we go..... Daley, as Daisy says, is now sleeping with the fairies. That’s all I can bring myself to say right now. The last image I saw of my husband, was of a man so happy with life and so proud of his racing."
Daley, from Stockton-on-Tees, made his TT debut in 2014 and has notched up three TT podium finishes in the TT Zero class
He leaves his wife, Natalie, and his daughter Daisy, who is two-years-old.
Sky Sports News reporter Ben Ransom tweeted this tribute to Mathison:
A statement released on behalf of ACU Events Ltd, the organisers of the Isle of Man TT Races, 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."