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Stars swap bikes for go-karts at 2014 TT Races launch

With 39 days to go until the start of the TT Races, today was the official launch on the Isle of Man and some of the biggest names in road racing swapped their bikes for go-karts.

Among them were Bruce Anstey and Manxman Conor Cummins. While there's good news for John McGuinness fans. The 20-time TT winner is on target to race next month as he recovers from a broken wrist.



Final preparations for TT Races

Thousands attend the TT Races every year Credit: GTV

Final preparations are underway for this years TT Races on the Isle of Man. Thousands of bikers flock to the island for the annual event, which begins tomorrow.

Riders practising ahead of the start of racing tomorrow Credit: GTV
Held on public roads the event began over a hundred years ago Credit: GTV

Man killed in TT qualifying

Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita was killed during qualifying for the Isle of Man TT.

The 43-year-old was died in an incident at Ballacrye on the north of the island and the qualifying session was immediately red flagged, the event's organising body Auto Cycle Union Events Ltd said.

Yoshinari, from Saitama, had competed at the TT since 2009, finishing fifth in the 2011 TT Zero for electric bikes as well as racing in the superbike and superstock classes.

He was also 2008 Motegi Endurance race winner.

A statement on the ACU website read: "The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Yoshinari's family and friends."

"The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Yoshinari's family and friends."

Gary Thompson, MBE, Clerk of the Course, ACU, commented: "Yoshi was a really popular competitor who had a large number of friends in the TT Races paddock.

"He was a genuine and friendly character who always had time for everyone. He will be sorely missed."

– Gary Thompson, MBE, Clerk of the Course, ACU


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