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Μιλώντας για έναν από τους πιο δύσκολους, απαιτητικούς και επικίνδυνους αγώνες στον κόσμο, δεν γίνεται να υπάρχει θρίαμβος, χωρίς τραγωδία. Μέχρι αυτό το σημείο και με τον αγώνα να μην έχει ολοκληρωθεί ακόμα, το Isle of Man TT είχε ήδη δύο νεκρούς.

Ο πρώτος άνθρωπος που έχασε τη ζωή του, ήταν ο 65-χρονος Bob Price από το Gloucestershire της Αγγλίας (κεντρική φωτογραφία). Συμμετείχε σε διάφορες κατηγορίες του TT από το 1992 και κατέκτησε μάλιστα τη δεύτερη θέση στο Senior Classic το 2002, αλλά είχε ένα ατύχημα κατά τη διάρκεια του τρίτου γύρου της Supersport κατηγορίας στις 2 Ιουνίου. Το ατύχημα αυτό, του κόστισε τη ζωή του.

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Το δεύτερο θανατηφόρο ατύχημα, συνέβη την επόμενη ακριβώς ημέρα. Ο Karl Harris, 34 ετών από το Sheffield, έχασε τον έλεγχο στον δεύτερο γύρο της Superstock κατηγορίας και δυστυχώς, έχασε και τη ζωή του. Ξεκίνησε να τρέχει στο TT το 2012 αλλά ήταν ήδη ένας έμπειρος αναβάτης, έχοντας κερδίσει το 1999 European Superstock 1.000cc Championship.

Τα θερμά μας συλλυπητήρια στις οικογένειες και τους φίλους των θυμάτων. Ας ελπίσουμε πως ο αγώνας θα ολοκληρωθεί χωρίς επιπλέον τραγωδίες.

Δελτίο Τύπου

STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE ACU

Monday June 2, 2014 at 7:39pm

ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Bob Price, 65, from Stroud, Gloucester was killed during the Supersport 1 Race at the Isle of Man TT races today following an incident at Ballaugh on the 3rd lap of the race.

Bob, a car body repair shop owner, was an experienced road racer who first competed at the TT Races in 1992 and competed regularly in the Manx Grand Prix as a Classic racer.

Highlights of his Mountain Course career included 3rd place in the MGP Junior Classic in 2002 and runner up position in the same year in the Senior Classic. He also achieved third place in the 2004 Junior Classic MGP and took part in last year’s inaugural Classic TT Races.

The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Bob’s family and friends.

The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway

STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF OF ACU EVENTS LTD – KARL HARRIS

Tuesday June 3, 2014 at 7:26pm

ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Karl Harris, 34, from Sheffield was killed during the Superstock Race at the Isle of Man TT races today following an incident at Joey’s on the 2nd lap of the race. Harris, a professional Motorbike racer, made his TT Races debut in 2012. He was a triple British Supersport Champion and British Superbike podium finisher.

Harris appeared on the racing scene as a teenager in the 1990s, when he rode for Team Great Britain in the Superteen Championship. From there, Harris went on to win the 1999 European Superstock 1000cc Championship before spending a season in the World Supersport Championship.

He was best known for his British Championship career. He was the dominant force in the British Supersport Championship in the early 2000s before becoming a prominent front-runner in the Superbike class for the factory Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha teams.

Harris won three British Supersport Championships between 2001 and 2004, the first for Crescent Suzuki and the remaining two for Honda Racing, before progressing full time to the premier Superbike category in 2005. His best season came in 2006 when he finished in 5th place overall recording 6 podiums. In total, Harris notched up 12 BSB podiums.

The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Karl’s family and friends.

Gary Thompson, TT Clerk of the Course, ACU Events, said:

“Karl was one of the great characters in the race paddock. His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour lit up many race meetings. He was a hugely talented racer and will be sorely missed.”

The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.