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Prince William to join motorbike fans at the Isle of Man TT

The Duke of Cambridge. Credit: Press Association

The Duke of Cambridge will join thousands of bike fans at the Isle of Man TT for the spectacle of motorbike riders pitting themselves against the world famous circuit.

William, who is a keen rider, will watch as competitors take on the TT mountain course which is renowned for its difficulty and danger but inspires riders from across the globe. Two competitors have been killed during this year's event.

The duke will begin his day at the main grandstand watching the final stages of the TT Supersport Race 2 before attending a reception in the Government House tent.

Guests will include representatives from across the Isle of Man, including TT staff, volunteers, civic dignitaries and local businesses.

The Isle of Man TT was first staged in 1907 and is one of the oldest continuous motorsport events in the world.

It features riders competing in nine races, from a superbike category to sidecar events, in time trials around the circuit which is almost 38 miles long.

Wednesday will feature the second Supersport TT Race, the TT Zero for electric bikes and the Lightweight TT event.

Later, William will visit the the Joey Dunlop Foundation. Established in 2001 and named after the legendary TT racer, it creates specialist accommodation for visitors to the Isle of Man with a disability.

Newcomer rider dies at the Isle of Man TT Races

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A second rider has died while taking part in the Isle of Man TT Races.

The organisers ACU Events Ltd say he was Adam Lyon, 26, from Helensburgh in Scotland

The accident happened during the Supersport 1 Race today, at Casey’s, just after the 28th mile of the course, on the 3rd lap of the race.

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 11thin 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.

– ACU Events Ltd statement

READ: TT fans pay tribute to Dan Kneen


IoM TT races game to be released in March

'TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge' will be released in March. Credit: Big Ben Interactive

Fans of the Isle of Man TT Races will soon get to experience the thrill of the Mountain Course via a new game.

'TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge' is due for release in March, featuring well-known racers John McGuinness, Conor Cummins and many more.

Sebastien Waxin of game developer Big Ben Interactive told Granada Reports what gamers can expect:

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(Trailer clip credit: Big Ben Interactive)

Two killed on Day One of TT Races

Paul Shoesmith, 50, made his TT Races debut in 2005. Credit: TT Races.

Two competitors at the Isle of Man TT Races have died.

Sidecar driver Dwight Beare, 27, and motorcyclist Paul Shoesmith, 50, were killed during the first day of the Races.

ACU Events Ltd, which organises the races, said it wished to pass its deepest sympathy to the families and friends of both riders.

Mr Beare, who is originally from Melbourne, Australia but lived in Onchan in the Isle of Man, was killed following an accident near Rhencullen during Saturday's Sidecar Race 1.

He made his debut at the TT Races in 2014, achieving a 12th place in his second race on the Isle of Man when he competed with father Noel as his passenger.

The pair returned to the Isle of Man TT last year, achieving a 17th place in the first sidecar race.

His passenger this year, Benjamin Binns, from the Isle of Man, was airlifted to Nobles Hospital where he was described as being stable with a fractured ankle.

Mr Shoesmith, from Poynton, Lancashire, was killed following an accident on Sulby Straight during Saturday's solo practice. The session was abandoned.

He had made his debut at the TT Races in 2005 and had a highest placed finish of 15th on the TT Mountain Course in both the Superbike and Senior Races in 2011.

He also achieved finishes of 8th and 11th in the 2008 and 2009 Lightweight TT Races at the Billown circuit.

He achieved his fastest ever lap around the TT Mountain Course in Saturday's Superbike Race, lapping at 125.896mph and finishing 29th. He won 40 bronze replicas, including the one he received for Saturday's race.

A statement from ACU Events said: "Paul also operated his own Ice Valley Four Anjels Racing team and gave numerous riders the opportunity to compete at a high level in the TT Races including many of the current race paddock."

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