Two Riders Killed In A Single Day At The Isle Of Man TT

Baere riding left, Shoesmith riding right. Images from the Isle of Man TT.
Baere riding left, Shoesmith riding right. Images from the Isle of Man TT.

At the famed Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, the Snaefell Mountain Course claimed its 249th and 250th fatalities in the same day on Monday.

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Sidecar rider and Isle of Man resident Dwight Beare, 27, lost his life in a crash around Rhencullen, between the 15- and 16-mile markers on the course. His co-rider survived, taken to the hospital with just an ankle injury. The race was red-flagged but later re-run, the BBC reports.

Later in the same day, 50-year-old Paul Shoesmith crashed during Superbike practice on the very fastest part of the course, Sulby Straight.

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This is where top riders knock on the door of 200 miles per hour and sometimes even surpass it. It is also not far from where Franck Petricola lost his life last year.

Both official statements are here and here.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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I juuuuust watched this 45 min vid and talk from Dr. John Hinds about the various dangers of riding in a place like Isle of Man. Its an amazing talk and the big punchline is that Dr Hinds passed last year due to a bike related incident. HIGHLY recommended.