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Mathison's wife tweets tribute to a man proud of his racing

 

Fatal accident: Daley Mathison was a former UGP winner
Fatal accident: Daley Mathison was a former UGP winner

By Roy Harris

The grieving wife of tragic road racer Daley Mathison paid a heartbreaking tribute to her husband, killed in an accident in yesterday's opening Superbike race at the TT.

Natalie Mathison wrote on Twitter: "Not something I ever wanted to write but here we go... Daley, as Daisy (their infant daughter) says, is now sleeping with the fairies. That's all I can bring myself to say right now. The last image I saw of my husband was of a man so happy with life and so proud of his racing."

The 27-year-old Penz13.com BMW rider came off on lap three at Snugborough on the approach to Union Mills.

Daley, from Stockton on Tees, was an experienced Isle of Man competitor, making his Mountain Course debut in the 2013 Manx Grand Prix when he finished fifth in the Newcomers 'A' race.

His TT career included three consecutive podium finishes in the TT Zero races in 2016, '17 and '18 representing Nottingham University.

Daley finished 11th in last year's Superstock race in which he set his fastest lap on the 37.5-mile course at 128.054mph. He started 19 TT races, with 14 finishes, three podiums, six silver and eight Bronze Replicas.

He also had the distinction of being the 2015-16 European MotoE (electric bike) champion.

Well known to fans here, Daley won the 2014 Ulster Grand Prix Lightweight race and last month finished eighth and 10th in the North West 200 Thursday Superstock and Supersport races.

A statement issued on behalf of ACU Events Ltd, the organisers of the Isle of Man TT Races, said: ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Daley Mathison (27) from Stockton on Tees, Durham was killed in an incident during the Superbike Race today at the Isle of Man TT Races. The accident occurred at Snugborough, just over two miles into the Course, on the third lap of the race.

"Daley was an experienced competitor and was seeded 19th for today's race. ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Daley's wife Natalie, his family and friends.

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