Tributes have been paid to Isle of Man biker Dan Kneen after he was killed in a crash at the TT.
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. Kneen joined the Moneymore outfit in November.
In a statement organisers ACU Events said: "Dan had an accident at Churchtown on the first lap of the session and died at the scene of the incident.
"Dan made his mountain course debut at the Manx Grand Prix in 2008 and won an unprecedented three races – the Junior, the Newcomers C and the Ultra Lightweight MGP Races.
"He achieved his first TT podium in last year’s Superstock Race, finishing third in the Superstock TT Race. He has a fastest official lap of 130.347mph which he set in last year’s Superstock Race and recorded a lap of 132.258mph (17:06.994) in last night’s Superbike qualifying session.
"ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Dan's partner Leanne, his family and his many friends in the road racing community and beyond."
Phillip Neill of Tyco BMW added: "We are all numb at the minute. Our thoughts tonight are not about racing, but with Dan’s family and friends. He was a popular hard working lad who loved his racing and he will be sorely missed by all that knew him.”
Tributes have flooded in from the Northern Ireland community.
Motorsport commentator Liam Beckett added: "One of the nicest lads I ever had the pleasure of becoming friends with, I just checked his last message to me and it was “Thanks LB”, typical of his mannerisms. My thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends on what is a dreadful night for our sport."
There are riders we admire on the track and riders off it . Few have both.— Glenn Irwin (@GIrwinRacing) May 30, 2018
Dan wud never walk past without saying hello to me Laura and Freddie.
After riding with dan in north west 200 Qualify his commitment and bravery blew me away in the menâs corners.
Rest in peace Dan kneen x pic.twitter.com/4geVfUoiRY
All of us involved with the International North West 200 are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Manx Rider Dan Kneen during practice at the Isle of Man TT tonight.Our thoughts are with his partner Leanne, his family, team and friends. pic.twitter.com/UjgVHh3yff— North West 200 (@northwest200) May 30, 2018
The Armoy Club are truely devastated to hear about the death of Manx rider Dan Kneen, after he was involved in an incident at tonightâs Isle of Man TT practice.— Armoy Road Races (@ArmoyRoadRaces) May 30, 2018
Our deepest sympathy goes to Dan's partner Leanne, his family, the Tyco team and wider friends and family circle. pic.twitter.com/uN5vxqe0E2
So saddened to hear that Dan Kneen has lost his life at the Isle of Man TT. Another of the sports really good people taken too soon. pic.twitter.com/8qJGQFgHln— Stephen Watson (@winkerwatson1) May 30, 2018
One of the nicest lads I ever had the pleasure of becoming friends with, I just checked his last message to me and it was âThanks LBâ, typical of his mannerisms. My thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends on what is a dreadful night for our sport, RIP Dan .— Liam Beckett MBE (@liam_beckett) May 30, 2018
From all at the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, we send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Dan Kneen, who sadly lost his life at the Isle of Man TT tonight.— Ulster Grand Prix (@UlsterGrandPrix) May 30, 2018
A fierce competitor and race winner at the Ulster Grand Prix, heâll be much missed in the paddock. pic.twitter.com/Iw6ITGcaMW