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Isle of Man TT: Irish racer Alan Bonner dies in superbike qualifying session

Irish racer Alan Bonner has died after crashing at an Isle of Man TT Races qualifying session on Wednesday afternoon.

The 33-year-old from Meath crashed at the 33rd Milestone on the Mountain section.

Bonner is the third road racer to die at this year's event following the deaths of Jochem van den Hoek and Davey Lambert who have both died within the last week.

Race organisers ACU Ltd passed on their sympathies to Bonner's family and his fiancée Gemma, with the qualifying session red flagged and subsequently postponed until Thursday following his passing.

A statement on the Isle of Man TT Facebook page read: "ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Alan Bonner, 33, from County Meath in the Republic of Ireland died this afternoon during a qualifying session at the Isle of Man TT Races.

"Alan was involved in an incident at the 33rd Milestone during the qualifying session for the Senior TT.

"Alan made his TT mountain course debut at the 2014 TT Races and had a highest placed finish of fifteenth, which he achieved in the 2015 Senior TT. He finished 28th in the Superbike race last Sunday 4th June, winning a bronze replica and also finished 30th in this morning’s Superstock race, winning another bronze replica.

"He was the fastest ever TT rider from the Republic of Ireland with a lap of 127.090mph which he achieved in 2015.

"ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on its deepest sympathy to Alan’s partner Gemma and his family and friends."

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