British rider Mark Purslow dies aged 29 after Isle of Man TT qualifying accident | Isle of Man TT

British biker Mark Purslow has died in an accident during qualifying for the Isle of Man TT races.

“We would like to send our deepest condolences to Mark’s family, loved ones and friends,” race organizers said in a statement late Wednesday. “TT racing will continue – but always with Mark in mind.”

Purslow, of Llanon in Ceredigion, Wales, was on his third lap of the fourth qualifying session when the crash happened at Ballagarey. He had previously run the Mountain Course at an average speed of 120.86 mph.

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mark Purslow following an incident during tonight’s qualifying session.

All our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones.

– Isle of Man TT Races (@ttracesofficial) June 1, 2022

The 29-year-old was competing in his second TT, having contested the Supersport and Lightweight races in 2017. Purslow won the 2015 Manx GP lightweight race on his debut and had also competed in the Classic TT.

Local driver Dave Moffitt was airlifted to hospital in Liverpool on Tuesday after another crash and is believed to be in serious but stable condition. Moffitt was racing in qualifying for the supertwin class when he got off his bike at Laurel Bank.

The Isle of Man TT races are taking place again this year after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the longest break for the event since World War II.

The races around the island off the northwest coast of England have been run since 1907 and rank among the most dangerous in motorsport, with more than 250 fatalities in various events to date.

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