Two motorcycle racing professionals were killed in crashes on this last summer while competing in the Isle of Man TT on what is widely considered to be the world’s most deadly racing circuit.
This annual week-long event is usually held within the 37 mile-long course that is comprised of public roads. Many are lined with different walls along with buildings as they quickly wind their way through villages of the Crown dependency, which is conveniently located in the Irish Sea. Since its very first run back in 1907, 250 competitors, as well as a dozen staff and bystanders, have lost their lives, resulting from either the TT or the Manx Grand Prix that’s held there later in the year.
27-year-old Dwight Beare was also participating in the sidecar time trial when he crashed at an area of the track known as Rhencullen. His passenger, Benjamin Binns, only suffered a fractured ankle in the incident. Later that day, 50-year-old Superbike racer Paul Shoesmith lost control during one of the practice runs on the Sulby Straight, where motorcycles can easily hit speeds of up to 200 mph.
This year’s gathering ran through the middle of June.
The fatalities came a day after Moto2 rider Luis Salom was sadly killed during practice for the Grand Prix of Catalunya in the vicinity of Spain, and were joined on Saturday by three additional race-related fatalities at the Baja 500 desert race in Utah. Motorcycle riders Travis Livingston and Noah Evermann were killed there in separate single-vehicle incidents, while an 8-year-old spectator was fatally tossed from a truck drove by Vivint CEO Todd Pederson that went off of the road and into the nearby crowd just a half-mile from the starting line.
Even with lots of driving experience, it does not provide insurance against these types of incidents.