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Isle of Man TT: Steve Mercer 'critical but stable' in hospital following crash with course car

English racer Steve Mercer is 'critical but stable' following a crash on Wednesday evening at the Isle of Man TT.

The Maidstone rider was airlifted to Noble's Hospital on the island before being moved to Liverpool for further treatment. Mercer was involved in an accident with the course car and race organisers ACU Events Ltd have confirmed an investigation is ongoing into the circumstances of the incident.

"Steve Mercer, the rider involved in a collision with a course car at Ballacrye during last night’s Superbike qualifying session, is in a critical but stable condition in Liverpool," read a statement.

The accident followed Dan Kneen's fatal crash during Superbike qualifying at Churchtown, which the course car had been attending.

Mercer's wife Caroline wrote on social media: "I'm sorry to say Steve has sustained serious injuries this evening following an accident on his way back to the Grandstand.

"He has been flown to Liverpool where he will be assessed further to ascertain the full extent of his injuries."

Mercer's Jackson Racing team sent their best wishes in a statement on Facebook:

"Our thoughts are with Steve, Caroline, Daniel, Alex and family. Steve got flown off island late last night to receive further assessments and treatment following an incident on his way back to the grandstand. Get well soon Geezer!!"

Mercer crashed at the 2017 TT and subsequently announced his retirement from the sport. He made a return this year, originally testing with Honda Racing in a bid to replace Ian Hutchinson if the Yorkshire rider had been forced to sit out the TT through injury.

It was announced earlier this month that Mercer would instead compete for Jackson Racing.

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