Another exhilarating day of racing in the Isle of Man was marred with sadness after the death of Scottish racer Adam Lyon yesterday.
It was Lyon’s inaugural TT appearance and he had been tipped as a new and upcoming potential champion. The 26-year-old suffered fatal injuries during the third lap of the Supersport 1 race at Caseys on the Mountain course.
He had qualified in 24th place for the opening race with a lap time of 122.261 and had clocked a faster lap of 122.636mph on the opening lap of yesterday’s race. Lyon finished 11th last year at the Ulster Grand Prix. It was his dream to compete in the TT and his last social media post read “”It’s all getting very real now but I cannot wait. Big thank you to everyone for the support and helping me achieve this dream.” Adam Lyon is the second rider to lose his life at the TT this year after local man Dan Kneen crashed during the Superbike practice race last Wednesday.
Antrim veteran, Michael Dunlop went on to win the Supersport 1 race breaking his own record 2013 record for the race by over four seconds. He clocked his fastest lap at 129.197mph but he thinks he could still push it a bit further and achieve 130mph or more! He was denied a TT hattrick by Peter Hickman yesterday in the Superstock race when Hickman managed to finish first.
In what was a thrilling race, the standing lap record was broken several times by Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison and race winner Peter Hickman. Ian Hutchison had set a new lap record in 2016 but this was beaten by Hickman by over seven seconds.