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Isle of Man TT rider Dan Kneen killed in crash - Northern Ireland tributes for biker



Dan Kneen was killed at the Isle of Man TT.

Dan Kneen was killed at the Isle of Man TT.

Dan Kneen was killed at the Isle of Man TT.

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."

Belfast Telegraph