Motorcycle racer Daley Mathison becomes 259th killed on world’s deadliest race course
The world’s deadliest racing course has claimed another victim.
Daley Mathison was killed Monday when he crashed his motorcycle at an estimated 130 mph during the Isle of Man TT races, becoming the 259th contestant killed on the Irish Sea island’s 38-mile-long Snaefell Mountain Course. He was 27.
According to The Sun, Mathison was competing in a superbike race when he lost control on the third of four laps of the notoriously treacherous circuit, which is comprised of public roads. Mathison has been racing at the venue since 2013.
The English rider’s wife Natalie posted a message to fans on his Twitter account, referencing their daughter, Daisy.
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. xxxxxx pic.twitter.com/wWCaDJwUht
— Daley Mathison (@DaleyMathison) June 3, 2019
Three major events are held annually on the course, which recorded its first death in 1911. Last year, three riders died, including two in during the Isle of Man TT, which is a collection of races that runs for a week starting in late May or early June.
The event was suspended after Mathison’s accident on Monday and races were canceled on Tuesday due to poor weather conditions.
The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency with a population of 83,000 that is known for having no posted speed limit on many of its roads.