Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid to TT tragedy racer

A motorcyclist killed in a high-speed accident at the Isle of Man TT has been hailed as a talented and well-liked racer with a bright career.

Derek Brien, from Bellewstown, Co Meath, crashed on the second lap of the Supersport race, becoming the third rider to lose his life at this year's event.

Friend John Murray said the 34-year-old had been a talented performer on the race track.

He was a former Manx Grand Prix winner and a regular competitor on the Isle of Man, taking part in the races last year and in 2009.

"He was well-known and well liked. He was a very quiet lad," Mr Murray said. "He's been racing this last six or seven years, and he had been doing very well."

Mr Brien also suffered injuries at the Isle of Man race in 2009 when he had to be airlifted for treatment after his bike crashed.

He had clinched victory in the 2007 junior race at the Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man and was also a regular competitor at both the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix. He came 13th in the 2010 TT Supersport 1 race.

ACU Events Ltd, which organises the TT, paid tribute to Mr Brien and offered its sympathies to his partner, Sarah, family and friends. Jim Parker, events manager, said: "Derek was a very talented road racer and achieved a number of notable career highlights including his Manx Grand Prix victory. He will be sorely missed."

Mr Brien's death is the third to blight this year's event after sidecar competitor Bill Currie, 67, and his passenger Kevin Morgan, 59, died in a crash in qualifying last Tuesday.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash.

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