Daley Mathison's wife in emotional tribute after husband's Isle of Man TT death
English road racer Daley Mathison's wife has paid an emotional tribute to her husband after his death in an incident during the Superbike race at the Isle of Man TT this morning.
The 27-year-old crashed during lap three at the Snugborough portion of the circuit, between Bradden Bridge and Union Mills, which caused the race to be red flagged.
Mathison's wife, Natalie, confirmed the news by posting a message on the rider's Twitter account, admitting she was unable to come to terms with his passing.
Not something I ever wanted to write but here we go.....— Daley Mathison (@DaleyMathison) June 3, 2019
Daley, as Daisy says, is now sleeping with the fairies. That’s all I can bring myself to say right now. The last image I saw of my husband, was of a man so happy with life and so proud of his racing. xxxxxx pic.twitter.com/wWCaDJwUht
Mathison was from Stockton-on-Tees, near Middlesbrough, and was racing in his sixth Isle of Man TT after making his debut in 2014.
Northern Irish road racing fans will remember him well from his performance at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2014, which saw him win the Ultra Lightweight race.
The rider was a favourite at the Isle of Man after picking up three podium finishes in the Zero Race, coming second in 2018 and third in both 2016 and 2017.
Mathison was racing in all five categories at the TT for the Penz13.com BMW racing team.
Race organisers ACU Events confirmed his death, saying they wished to 'pass on (their) deepest sympathy to Daley's wife Natalie, his family and friends'.
The organisers' statement continued: "Daley was an experienced competitor and was seeded 19th for today’s race.
"He made his Mountain Course debut in the 2013 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers A Race, finishing fifth.
"His TT career included three consecutive podiums in the TT Zero electric bike Race in 2016, 2017 and 2018 including the runner up position in the race last year, representing Nottingham University.
"He also achieved an 11th place finish in last year’s Superstock Race and a pair of 13th place finishes in the 2017 and 2018 Senior TT Races.
"He set his fastest lap of the Mountain Course – 128.054mph – in the 2018 Superstock race which made him the 34th fastest rider of all time.
"He set the second fastest TT Zero lap ever with lap of 119.294mph in the 2018 race.
"In total he started 19 TT Races with 14 finishes and 3 podiums and won 6 silver and 8 bronze replicas."
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