Daley Mathison dead: Isle of Man TT rider dies after crash during RST Superbike race, aged 27

BMW rider crashed during Monday’s RST Superbike race at the TT. Road racer Daley Mathison has died after crashing at the Isle of Man TT, aged 27. The BMW rider came off on lap three at Snugborough on the approach to Union Mills during the opening RST Superbike race on Monday morning, resulting in a red flag and the session being halted prematurely.

Race control declared a result from the end of lap two, with riders making their way back to the pits without knowledge of what had happened or who was involved.

Mathison’s wife confirmed the tragic news on Monday by posting a message on Mathison’s Twitter account.

It read: “Not something I ever wanted to write but here we go…..Daley, as Daisy 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.”

Race organisers ACU Events Ltd issued a statement shortly after to confirm the tragic news.

It read: “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 3rd lap of the race.

“Daley was an experienced competitor and was seeded 19th for today’s race. He made his Mountain Course debut in the 2013 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers A Race, finishing fifth. His TT career included three consecutive podiums in the TT Zero electric bike Race in 2016, 2017 and 2018 including the runner up position in the race last year, representing Nottingham University.

“He also achieved an 11th place finish in last year’s Superstock Race and a pair of 13th place finishes in the 2017 and 2018 Senior TT Races.

“He set his fastest lap of the Mountain Course – 128.054mph – in the 2018 Superstock race which made him the 34th fastest rider of all time. He set the second fastest TT Zero lap ever with lap of 119.294mph in the 2018 race.

“In total he started 19 TT Races with 14 finishes and 3 podiums and won 6 silver and 8 bronze replicas

“ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Daley’s wife Natalie, his family and friends.”

Mathison claimed three TT podiums during his career in the TT Zero class, achieving his maiden rostrum appearance with third place in 2016 with the University of Nottingham team and repeating the feat in 2017 before taking second last year.

This year, Mathison was competing in all five categories, combining his BMW superbike and supersport commitments with riding for WH Racing Yamaha and Kawasaki in the supersport and lightweight classes respectively.

Source: The Independent