Two killed in crashes ahead of Isle of Man TT events

Franck Petricola, 32, was killed in a crash during qualifying for the Isle of Man TT on Wednesday.

Practice ahead of next week’s Isle of Man TT racing events have begun – albeit with several sessions being canceled or delayed due to weather conditions. Several incidents have already taken place during practice, with two confirmed deaths on the island as of June 3.

Charles Hughes, 60, a rider visiting the island as a spectator for the event, crashed on Sunday – an off day for the sanctioned TT events. Then on Wednesday, ACU Events Ltd announced that French competitor Franck Petricola, 32, was killed in a crash at Sulby Crossroads during qualifying earlier on in the day.

Investigations into both incidents are underway.

The Isle of Man TT is an annual series of motorcycle and sidecar racing events that take place on a 37.73-mile circuit known as the Snaefell Mountain Course on the Isle of Man each summer. It is also one of the deadliest races on Earth, with 237 riders having lost their lives in the event, which dates back to 1907.

Despite the tragedies, practice on the island will continue, with races beginning next Monday and concluding next Friday with the main event – the Senior TT.

Among those fighting to claim the 2015 Senior TT win are 21-time winner John McGuiness, 2014 Senior TT winner Michael Dunlop, and Gary Johnson, William Dunlop, Bruce Anstey, James Hiller, Michael Rutter and Guy Martin who – although all considered serious threats for the win – are all looking for their first Senior TT victory.

More information on the event can be found at the Isle of Man TT’s official site.