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Motorcycle racer Dan Kneen killed in world's deadliest race | Fox News

RIP Dan Kneen

The world’s deadliest race has claimed another life.

Motorcycle racer Dan Kneen was killed on Wednesday during qualifying for the Isle of Man TT, an event consisting of several races held on public roads on the independent British island in the Irish Sea.

The BMW rider died at the scene after crashing in the Churchtown section of the 37.7-mile course.

Kneen was the 147th competitor to lose his life in the 111-year history of the event, and the 256th rider to die on the course, which is set up for two events each year.

Three entrants died during the 2017 edition of the TT.

The Isle of Man is a self-governing crown dependency of the U.K. Considered a tax haven, it is famous for having no speed limits on many of its winding roads.

The 30-year-old Kneen lived on the island and finished third in the Superstock TT class last year. He was competing in the Superbike class this time around.

A second rider, Steve Mercer, was critically injured on Wednesday after colliding with a course vehicle.

The event is scheduled to run through June 8.
 

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Sympathy for the family. I would like to say though, that he went doing what he loved. The Isle of Mann TT is one of the few races I really enjoy anymore. NASCAR and Indy Cars have both become so wussified. It takes balls to ride the way those men do on the Isle of Mann. Much respect.
 

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Definitely too young, but I agree that he died doing what he loved.
 

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Yes it’s bad ass and yes it takes balls...but he selfishly robbed his family and friends of his presence.
A different take.
 

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Second rider killed during dangerous Isle of Man TT motorcycle races | Fox News




RIP Adam Lyon
Rookie entrant Adam Lyon, 26, was competing in the Supersport 1 class as an amateur when he crashed Monday on his third lap. He’d earlier completed his first lap at an average speed over 122 mph.

No description of the incident has been given, but pro racer Peter Hickman told The Independent that several riders had passed by the scene of the accident during their fourth and final laps, not knowing how bad it had been.

Lyon’s death followed that of Dan Kneen, who crashed on a different part of the island during qualifying on Wednesday. Racing was briefly paused, but resumed shortly after each accident. ........
 

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Watch this awesome race every year, these guys have the biggest ones of all. Always saddened by the loss of life in these sports but these guys are gladiators on two wheels doing what they love. God speed Dan Kneen, you'll be missed by all, condolences to the family.
Wish Steve Mercer the best with his recovery and hope he'll be able to race on.
 

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Very sad to hear. One could argue it's the most exciting and dangerous race of all. No fear in these guys.
 
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