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Isle of Man TT: Fans join lap tribute to Mark Buckley


Tthe rideout of fans begins during the tribute to Mark Buckley

Tthe rideout of fans begins during the tribute to Mark Buckley

Tthe rideout of fans begins during the tribute to Mark Buckley

Family, friends and fans of tragic Mark Buckley, killed in a North West 200 racing accident last month, have honoured his memory at the Isle of Man TT.

Scottish rider Mark's widow, Jayne, and dad, Jimmy, travelled in the course car as scores of bikes took part in a tribute lap around the TT course.

The turnout, in rainswept conditions, reflected his popularity within the close knit biking fraternity.

Mark (35), from Loch Lomond, had been due to ride for the Splitlath Redmond team in this year’s TT. His wife and father were also in attendance at the North West when he lost his life following a crash at Portstewart in the Superstock race.

In tribute, Mark's No.66 Splitlath Redmond Aprilia RSV4 Superbike, ridden by pal and mechanic Dave Hopkinson, led a special ride-out around the famed TT Mountain course.

“I just wanted Mark’s Superbike to do a lap of the TT course, and that’s what this is all about,” Dave explained. “It’s unfinished business.

“Mark had been given a great opportunity this year after joining a big team with a bike which he was working on around the clock to make as competitive as possible. His hard work has shone through in the performance of Mark Miller’s bike so far at the TT.

“He was so excited about the TT this year and it’s just not the same without him here. I feel at least a part of him should get the chance to ride the course, and that’s why we organised this.

“I rode his Superbike as he built it with his number. Mark was a good friend who would do anything for anyone and we miss him so very much. This lap was for him.”

Top picture: Jayne Buckley, wife of North West 200 crash victim Mark Buckey (bottom right), ahead of a TT tribute lap, led by Dave Hopkinson (centre) on Mark’s No.66 Aprilia Superbike. Also pictured is Mark’s team-mate Mark Miller and, above, the rideout of fans begins

Belfast Telegraph