Davy Morgan killed in crash at this year's Isle of Man TT races

Northern Irish rider Davy Morgan has died following an accident at the Isle of Man TT races, organisers have announced.

The 52-year-old is the third competitor to lose his life at this year's festival.

Morgan, a veteran of the TT scene, crashed on the mountain section of the course during the final lap of Monday's Supersport Race.

A statement read: "It is with a heavy heart that the Isle of Man TT Races can confirm that Davy Morgan, 52, from Saintfield, Northern Ireland, was killed in an incident on the third and final lap of the first Supersport Race of the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races.

"The Isle of Man TT Races pass on their deepest sympathy to Davy's partner Trudy, his family, loved ones, and friends."

Morgan first raced at the TT in 2002 and was making his 80th start at the event. He recorded 49 finishes with 25 top-20 finishes.

His death comes after Welsh rider Mark Purslow was killed in qualifying last week and French sidecar passenger Olivier Lavorel died after an incident on Saturday.

Tributes have poured on social media.

Journalist Liam Beckett MBE said: "Dreadful news that Davy Morgan has rode his final race today at the TT races.

"I was speaking with Davy a few weeks ago at the NW200 and little did I think that would be our last chat. Davy was one of the good guys who had huge respect amongst the road race family, RIP my friend."

TT boss Paul Phillips said: "If you know road racing you know Davy Morgan. Few riders have raced for as long on the roads.

"Smooth, consistent, understated. The pink helmet was ever present in road racing paddocks for over 20 years. God bless you Davy. My thought are with those closest to you."

2019 Manx Grand Prix Senior champion Nathan Harrison added: "The most important thing this evening, is Davy Morgan & his family.

"Davy was a TT icon growing up with his distinctive pink helmet and such a nice man joking with me all week as he passed our awning 'you young kids are getting too quick for us oldies'.

"Rest in peace Davy and thanks for the memories."

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