Scottish racer Adam Lyon has died after crashing during the first Supersport TT race in the 2018 Isle of Man TT. The incident occurred on the third lap, just past the 28th mile marker. Lyon, 26, is the second rider to be killed in this year’s TT, following the death of Dan Kneen last week.
An experienced racer on the track, Lyon, from Helensburgh, Scotland, is relatively new to road racing, competing in Isle of Man TT for the first time this year. Lyon qualified 24th for the Supersport TT and was 13th after the first lap and 17th after the second.
Lyon has also raced in the British Superbike series, finishing sixth in the 2010 Superstock 600 championship while appearing on the podium twice.
In addition to Lyon’s and Kneen’s deaths, racer Steve Mercer remains in medical care after hitting a safety car that was responding to Kneen’s accident.
Here’s the official statement from the Isle of Man TT’s promoter, ACU Events:
ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Adam Lyon, 26, from Helensburgh in Scotland was killed in an incident during the Supersport 1 Race today at the Isle of Man TT Races. The accident occurred at Casey’s, just after the 28th mile of the course, on the 3rd lap of the race.
Adam was a newcomer to the TT this year. He qualified in 24th place for today’s race with a fastest lap of 122.261 which he improved to 122.636mph on the opening lap of today’s race. His fastest lap of the TT course – 123.443 – was in Friday’s Superbike qualifying session.
Adam lapped at 122.499 as a newcomer at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2017, finishing 11thin the second Supersport race. He finished sixth in the 2010 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship with podiums at Croft and Silverstone.
ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Adam’s family and friends.