Supersport's Adam Lyon Is Second Rider To Die At This Year's Isle Of Man TT Races

Adam Lyon on his No. 84 Team Lyon Racing bike.
Adam Lyon on his No. 84 Team Lyon Racing bike.
Image: Isle of Man TT

Adam Lyon, a 26-year-old rider from the Scottish town of Helensburgh, died during the a Supersport motorcycle race on Monday at Isle of Man TT. Lyon is the second rider to die in less than a week at Isle of Man, after Superbike rider Dan Kneen died Wednesday during a practice session for the event.


Lyon was new to Isle of Man competition, a race that’s run on the Isle of Man island between England and Ireland, according to a statement sent out by the organizers of the race. That statement, titled “Statement on behalf of ACU Events Ltd,” is common during the annual Isle of Man races—it signals the death of another competitor, on a race course carved from public roads that’s claimed the lives of nearly 300 people in its 100-year history. Lyon was running a Yamaha R6 in the Supersport race, and started 24th of 76 riders in the race.

The statement said Lyon crashed during the 28th mile of the 37-mile course on the third lap of a four-lap race, but gave no details as to what happened. Here’s the rest of the statement from the Isle of Man TT organizers:

Adam was a newcomer to the TT this year. He qualified in 24th place for today’s race with a fastest lap of 122.261 which he improved to 122.636mph on the opening lap of today’s race. His fastest lap of the TT course – 123.443 - was in Friday’s Superbike qualifying session.

Adam lapped at 122.499 as a newcomer at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2017, finishing 11th in the second Supersport race. He finished sixth in the 2010 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship with podiums at Croft and Silverstone.

ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Adam’s family and friends.


Lyon was competing for his Team Lyon Racing amateur team, which posted a couple of updates from Isle of Man on Facebook toward the end of May. At the time of Lyon’s first practice session for the event, the page posted that the team was “finally” at Isle of Man “after years of hard work and prep.” In that post and another, the team expressed its excitement and thanked everyone for their messages and support.

Facebook posts about Lyon’s death described him as an “amazing friend,” “one of the nicest guys around,” a “talented racer,” a “genuine guy,” and said that he “died ... doing what he loved.”

Isle of Man is in its second and final week of competition for the year, with the first week being practice and qualifying and this week consisting of the races. The event goes through Friday, with the two events that day being sidecar races.

Staff writer, Jalopnik

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I can understand that people choose to risk their lives to participate in this race. Why they make that choice is beyond my comprehension. But what I really don’t get is why anyone is interested in watching others kill themselves in this race. Is human life really that insignificant?