The Isle of Man TT is one of the most difficult and exciting bike races on the planet, but has also built up a reputation for being increasingly risky also. Adding to its fatality count, 2017 release of Isle of Man TT claimed lives of three races since the event commenced earlier this week. Davey Lambert was first to crash on the opening Superbike race, followed by Jochem van den Hoek, who slammed in the Superstock race. Alan Bonner ended up being the third racer to lose life in this year’s event.
Davey Lambert smashed at the opening Superbike race of the 2017 Isle of Man and succumbed to his wounds. The 48-year-old was racing a Kawasaki and crashed on the third lap at Greeba Castle. He was treated at the scene and afterward transferred to Nobles hospital, after which he was exchanged to Aintree University hospital at Liverpool. He passed away on Tuesday morning. The rider had made his debut at the Manx Grand Prix in 2014, and was making his TT debut.
Meanwhile, Dutch rider Jochem van den Hoek from Netherlands, passed away after succumbing to his wounds in a crash at the eleventh milestone in the Superstock race. The 28-year-old was representing the TC Racing Team on a liter-class Honda Fireblade and had achieved his best ever complete in Sunday’s Superbike race.
Irish born Alan Bonner was the third rider to lose his life at the Isle of Man on seventh June 2017, after crashing at the 33rd Milestone on the Mountain section amid qualifying. The 33-year-old was riding for Noel Williamson Racing and had previously completed 30th in the Superstock race prior that day. Bonner made his Isle of Man debut in 2014 and had a best result of fifteenth in the Senior race achieved in 2015. He was likewise a regular competitor at Irish national street race and was the Irish street race, Senior support champion in 2010.
An announcement issued by the Lambert family stated, “He [Davey] left this world in exactly the way he would have needed, doing what he adored. He was a big man with an even bigger heart who will be sorely missed by so many. As a family we might want to thank everybody for their kind words and support. We might want to thank all of the amazing doctors and nurses who tried so hard to save Davey’s life at the scene, Nobles Hospital and Aintree University Hospital. We know you did all that you could to help him and for that we are eternally grateful. Ride Fast Lambo.”
Isle of Man TT race organisers – ACU Events said they wished to pass on their deepest sympathy to his family and companions respect to all three riders.
There’s no denying the Isle of Man TT race is extremely risky, yet is thought to be rewarding by most racers. A year ago, the death number at Isle of Man was at five, while a total of 32 riders lost their lives over the previous decade. Between 1907 and 2016, a total of 251 riders have lost their lives at the Isle of Man TT circuit.