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Dan Kneen's father pays tribute: Wild horses wouldn't have torn Dan away from racing

All smiles: Dan Kneen's smiling face was very familiar to all racing enthusiasts.
All smiles: Dan Kneen's smiling face was very familiar to all racing enthusiasts.
Happier times: Dan Kneen celebrates his win at the Tandragee 100 at the start of May
Dan Kneen
Admired: Dan Kneen
Dan Kneen was killed at the Isle of Man TT.
Pacemaker Belfast 12-5-18 Vauxhall International North West 200 - superbike race Dan Kneen (TYCO BMW) in front of James Hillier (Quattro Plant JG Speed?t Kawasaki) and Ian Hutchinson (Honda Racing Honda) at this year's North West TT.
Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW) on the grid during the first practice session of the 2018 Vauxhall International North West 200.
Superstock race third placed Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW) at the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix.
Dan Kneen

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.

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."

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