Three riders killed at the 2017 Isle of Man TT

Rennie Scaysbrook | June 7, 2017

Jochem van den Hoek, Davey Lambert and Alan Bonner pass in separate race incidents

The 2017 Isle of Man TT has seen the loss of three lives to date in separate racing accidents.

Davey Lambert, 48, from Gateshead, in Tyne and Wear, died on Tuesday, June 6 following injuries sustained during the Superbike TT on Sunday, June 4.

Isle of Man TT
Davey Lambert passed away after a crash in the Superbike TT.

Davey crashed at Greeba Castle on the third lap of the race and was treated at the scene before being taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital. He was subsequently transferred to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool where he passed away on Tuesday.

Davey made his Mountain Course debut at the Manx Grand Prix in 2014, finishing fourth in the Newcomers A race and 24th in the Junior Manx Grand Prix of the same year.  He returned to the Manx Grand Prix in 2015 and recorded 9th and 11th place finishes in the Junior and Senior MGP respectively and was 8th in last year’s Senior MGP Race.

And today, Jochem van den Hoek, 28, from Werkendam in Holland, was killed during the Superstock race.

Jochem van den Hoek
Jochem van den Hoek passed away following a crash in the Superstock TT.

Jochem’s accident happened at the 11th Milestone on the first lap of the race and was treated at the scene.

Jochem made his TT mountain course debut last year recording a 44th placed finish in his debut race, the Superbike TT as well as 34th placed finish in the Superstock race in the same year and a 36th place in the 2016 Senior TT.  He finished in 27th place in this year’s Superbike race on Sunday 4th June, his highest placed finish, winning a bronze replica.

Alan Bonner, 33, from County Meath in the Republic of Ireland, also died today in an incident at the 33rd Milestone during the qualifying session for the Senior TT.

Isle of Man TT
Alan Bonner passed away following a crash during the Senior TT qualifying today.

Alan made his TT mountain course debut at the 2014 TT Races and had a highest placed finish of 10th, which he achieved in the 2015 Senior TT.  He finished 28th in the Superbike race last Sunday, June 4, winning a bronze replica and also finished 30th in this morning’s Superstock race, winning another bronze replica.

He was the fastest ever TT rider from the Republic of Ireland with a lap of 127.090mph which he achieved in 2015.'

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