Veteran Spanish motorcyclist Raul Torras Martinez has died in an accident while taking part in the Isle of Man TT races, according to organizers.
The 40-year-old, who competed in last night’s first Supertwin race of the year, died in an accident at Alpine between the 16th and 17th miles on the third and final lap.
Mr. Torras Martinez competed in the TT races for the first time in 2017 and achieved his best result last year when he finished 15th in the Supertwin race.
In all, he competed in 21 TT races and won 18 bronze replica trophies.
In tribute to Mr. Torras Martinez, the event organizers said: “He set his fastest lap to date of the TT Mountain Course in the Superstock race today at an average speed of 125.470mph while also securing 20th place.”
“Raul was the fastest Spaniard ever to ride the TT track.”
They added that they sent their “deepest condolences” to his family, friends and loved ones and said he was an “incredibly popular member of the Paddock family”.
The Isle of Man TT races, first held in 1907, are widely regarded as one of the most dangerous events in motorsport.
Last year father and son Roger and Bradley Stockton from Crewe in Cheshire died in an accident at Ago’s jump.
The pair, aged 56 and 21, finished eighth in their first race of the competition, averaging 106mph on their best lap.
They were among six participants who died during last year’s event. Mr. Torras Martinez was the 267th fatality since the event began.
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