It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Dan Kneen, who died from the injuries he sustained during Wednesday’s Superbike qualifying session for the Isle of Man TT.
The 30-year-old Isle of Man native crashed his Tyco BMW S1000RR at Churchtown, during the first lap of the qualifying session, which was subsequently red-flagged and stopped.
According to a statement by the ACU, which sanctions the TT races, Kneen died at the scene of the incident.
Looking for his first TT race win, Kneen was a podium-finisher (his first) in last year’s Superstock TT race.
During this year’s event, Kneen was showing good form, posting the third-fastest overall time in the Superbike class during Tuesday’s qualifying sessions – his fastest ever, with a 132.258 mph lap.
A beloved racer, especially amongst his home-crowd Manx fans, Kneen’s absence will surely being felt in the TT paddock today and throughout the TT fortnight.
Our deepest condolences go out to Dan Kneen’s family and friends. Everyone will mourn his passing.