Featured Road racing – Manxman Dan Kneen dies in practice crash

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    It's been confirmed local rider Dan Kneen has died following a crash in Wednesday evening's TT practice session.

    The 30-year-old was involved in an incident at the Churchtown area of the course, which resulted in a tree catching fire and the session being red flagged.

    Kneen had been in promising form in previous practices; not least on Tuesday evening when he was almost 2mph up on his previous best.

    That came back in the 2017 Superstock race where he registered the one and only podium finish of his TT career.

    He was third quickest on his Tyco BMW on Tuesday night with a 132.26mph lap.

    The rest of Wednesday's action was called off following the incident at Churchtown on Wednesday, with police later confirming the competitor involved was Kneen.

    A statement from TT organisers read: “ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Dan Kneen, 30, from Onchan in the Isle of Man died this evening following injuries sustained during the Superbike qualifying session on the Isle of Man.

    “Dan had an accident at Churchtown on the first lap of the session and died at the scene of the incident.

    “Dan made his mountain course debut at the Manx Grand Prix in 2008 and won an unprecedented three races – the Junior, the Newcomers C and the Ultra Lightweight MGP Races.

    “He achieved his first TT podium in last year’s Superstock Race, finishing third in the Superstock TT Race. He has a fastest official lap of 130.347mph which he set in last year’s Superstock Race and recorded a lap of 132.258mph (17:06.994) in last night’s Superbike qualifying session.

    “ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Dan's partner Leanne, his family and his many friends in the road racing community and beyond.”
     

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