Dan Kneen's father pays tribute: Wild horses wouldn't have torn Dan away from racing
Dan Kneen's father Richard has paid tribute to the rider, who died at the scene of a crash at the Isle of Man TT on Wednesday evening.
The 30-year-old Manx man, who was riding for Northern Ireland-based team Tyco BMW, was killed after coming off his bike during a Superbike qualifying session on Wednesday evening.
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Richard, himself a former racer with a second place finish at the Manx Grand Prix to his name, released a statement on social media to thank well-wishers for their support and to pass his 'full backing' to the Tyco BMW team to 'crack on'. He also passed on his thoughts to injured rider Stever Mercer while urging everyone to 'think of the happy times' of Dan Kneen's life.
He wrote: "Hello everyone. Thank-you for your support at this sad time. Dan lived for his racing and wild horses wouldn’t have torn him away from it. I was happy for him; he was in his element and loving it.
"My thoughts are for Leanne (Dan's partner) and my other son Ryan and our whole family. Dan would want us to be strong and for the Tyco team to crack on - they have my full backing. Let's think of the happy times with Dan and smile when you think of him. Thanks to the marshalls and medics and everyone involved.
"Thinking of Steve Mercer as well. Best wishes for all the other TT competitors. The TT show will go on.
"RIP my son Daniel Richard Kneen, from DAD."
Belfast Telegraph Digital