Isle of Man TT rider Daley Mathison has died in a superbike crash.
The Stockton-on-Tees rider was just 27 years old.
His wife, Nat, posted the news on Mathison’s Twitter page – also sharing the ‘last image’ she saw of him.
She wrote: “Not something I ever wanted to write but here we go…
“Daley, as Daisy says, is now sleeping with the fairies. That’s all I can bring myself to say right now. The last image I saw of my husband, was of a man so happy with life and so proud of his racing.”
Having made his debut in 2014, Mathison was competing in his sixth Isle of Man TT.
During the opening RST Superbike race on Monday morning, he came off his bike on the third lap at Snugborough on the approach to Union Mills.
A red flag was issued and the session ground to an immediate halt.
Race organisers ACU Events Ltd confirmed the tragic news in a statement, which read: “ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Daley Mathison, 27, from Stockton-on-Tees, Durham was killed in an incident during the Superbike Race today at the Isle of Man TT Races. The accident occurred at Snugborough, just over two miles into the course, on the 3rd lap of the race.
“Daley was an experienced competitor and was seeded 19th for today’s race. He made his Mountain Course debut in the 2013 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers A Race, finishing fifth. His TT career included three consecutive podiums in the TT Zero electric bike Race in 2016, 2017 and 2018 including the runner up position in the race last year, representing Nottingham University.
“He also achieved an 11th place finish in last year’s Superstock Race and a pair of 13th place finishes in the 2017 and 2018 Senior TT Races.
“He set his fastest lap of the Mountain Course – 128.054mph – in the 2018 Superstock race which made him the 34th fastest rider of all time. He set the second fastest TT Zero lap ever with lap of 119.294mph in the 2018 race.
“In total he started 19 TT Races with 14 finishes and 3 podiums and won 6 silver and 8 bronze replicas
“ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Daley’s wife Natalie, his family and friends.”
Rest in peace, Daley.