Michael reigns on day of triumph and tragedy
Isle Of Man TT
Triumph and tragedy go hand-in-hand at the TT and record-breaking racing and sorrow once again hit the headlines yesterday.
Michael Dunlop scored his 17th TT win in the Monster Energy four-lap Supersport race, setting a new class lap record of 129.197mph on his second lap and taking a 10.2 second win over Dean Harrison.
However, the joy was short-lived when it was announced by organisers that 26-year-old Adam Lyon (below), from Helensburgh in Scotland, had suffered a fatal accident on lap three just after the 28th Milestone at Casey's while riding his Team Lyon Racing R6 Yamaha.
After crossing the finish line in third, Peter Hickman said that the leading riders "had seen an accident while completing our fourth and final lap, although we were unsure of the severity of the crash".
Lyon, a newcomer to the TT, set a speed of 123.443mph in Friday's qualifying and had managed 122.636mph on his opening lap of the Supersport race. He had been lying in 17th at the end of lap two prior to his accident.
He had previously raced in Northern Ireland, finishing 11th in the second Supersport race during the Ulster Grand Prix last year and he was 11th in the Supersport 'A' race at the recent Cookstown 100.
Lyon also scored podium positions in the 2010 Pirelli National Superstock 600cc class at Croft and Silverstone.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his family and friends from the motorcycling community.