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Ulster Grand Prix road race biker made fatal error taking bend at 140mph

By Michael McHugh

A motorcyclist was killed during a road race after misjudging a corner by inches while travelling at 140mph, an inquest has heard.

Lee Vernon (24), from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, clipped a verge and was catapulted head-first 12ft in the air. He landed in a field and died later in hospital.

The experienced sportsman was competing in the Ulster Grand Prix 150 Superbike race at Dundrod, Co Antrim, in August last year.

Senior coroner John Leckey said: "It seems to me that this was just a misjudgment involving inches."

He told Belfast Coroner's Court: "Because of the racing line he went into the corner on, he clipped the back of the bank and that was the sole reason for the loss of control."

Mr Vernon was from Sherwood Road in the English West Midlands town.

His father Robert said: "Lee was a lovely lad. He was a thoughtful, thinking rider. He would never make a dangerous move."

His son had been racing since 2006, competing at the Dundrod road race several times.

He was on lap four of the event at the Ulster Grand Prix meeting when he came off at a corner known as Rock Bends near Lisburn. No other rider was involved.

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