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Popular Price died doing what he loved

By Roy Harris

As the champagne corks were popped at the end of Monday’s Supersport TT race, joy quickly turned to sorrow when news began to filter through of the death of the popular Bob Price on the third lap in an incident at Ballaugh Bridge.

An investigation is currently under way into the circumstances of the fatal accident.

The 65-year-old from Stroud, who owned a car body repair shop, was an experienced Mountain Course competitor having first ridden at the TT in 1992.

Better known for his Manx Grand Prix exploits in the classic races, Price was using this year’s TT, his first since 2006, as preparation for September's Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix.

Bob’s best results came in 2002 when he finished second behind one of the current Rider Liaison Officers, Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle, in the Manx Senior Classic and then took third position in the Junior Manx Classic event won by Bill Swallow.

At the TT in 1998 he finished fourth in the Singles race, a result he repeated two years later.

Bob had huge enthusiasm and love for the unique and legendary 37 and a half mile Mountain Circuit that brings with it unparalleled challenges for both man and machine.

Yes it is fast, spectacular and dangerous, as is any extreme sport, and organisers have taken — and continue to take — every conceivable means available to them of protecting competitors in the event of an accident.

Competitors, who travel from all parts of the world to take up the test, have all weighed up the inevitable risks associated with racing the toughest ‘track’ in the world and concluded there is just no other challenge like it, bringing as it does the ecstasy of winning, the dejection of breaking down and unfortunately the absolute despair when a competitor loses their life.

Of all the riders who take to the road, only a minority have any real chance of winning with the majority racing for the love of the sport and the Mountain Course — exactly what Bob Price was doing.

The TT races have been held around the Mountain Circuit since 1911 and are steeped in history, the circuit itself wending its way through villages, towns, countryside up and over Snaefell Mountain before the steep descent back to the start and finish in Douglas.

In an official statement race organisers ACU Events Ltd extended their sincere condolences to family and friends of Bob Price.

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