Tributes to tragic Isle of Man TT riders Dwight Beare and Paul Shoesmith
Tributes have been paid to two riders killed during the opening day of the Isle of Man TT races.
The deaths on Saturday came the day before more than 7,000 bikers at the TT took part in a tribute lap of the course yesterday in remembrance of all competitors who tragically lost their lives while racing.
The Simon Andrews Legacy Lap was started by the family of the popular Worcestershire rider who died at the North West 200 in 2014.
Simon's sister Claire Jupp said this year would have "added poignancy" after the deaths of rising stars Malachi Mitchell Thomas at this year's North West and Billy Redmayne at the Oliver's Mount Spring Cup, Scarborough.
Ms Jupp said: "It is very important that fallen racers are not forgotten.
"Last year the procession stretched back for 15 miles, which shows the respect that exists."
The deaths at the weekend brings the total in the history of the Isle of Man races to over 200.
Dwight Beare (27) from Australia died in an accident near the Rhencullen series of bends on the first lap of the Sidecar race one.
His passenger Benjamin Binns received a fractured ankle and was airlifted to hospital.
The second rider to lose his life was 50-year-old Paul Shoesmith from Lancashire during an evening solo practice event on Sulby Straight.
Beare was originally from Melbourne but was living on the Isle of Man. He made his debut at the TT races in 2014 achieving 12th place in his second race with his father Noel as passenger.
Earlier on Saturday, Paul had achieved his fastest ever lap around the TT Mountain Course in the Superbike Race, lapping at 125.896mph and finishing 29th.
On hearing about Paul Shoesmith's death, former World Superbike champion Carl 'Foggy' Fogarty, said on Twitter: "Sad news that a lad I knew well lost his life at the TT yesterday". Event organisers ACU Events said it wished to pass its deepest sympathy to the families and friends of both riders.
A statement from ACU Events said: "Paul also operated his own Ice Valley Four Anjels Racing team and gave numerous riders the opportunity to compete at a high level in the TT races including many of the current race paddock."