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Irish rider becomes third Isle of Man TT competitor to die this year

Alan Bonner
Alan Bonner

Irish rider Alan Bonner has been killed after an incident in qualifying at the Isle of Man TT today.

Bonner, who was based in Stamullen, died after an incident at the 33rd milestone in today’s Superbike/Supersport qualifying.

A statement on the Isle of Man TT Facebook page read:

"ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Alan Bonner, 33, from County Meath in the Republic of Ireland died this afternoon during a qualifying session at the Isle of Man TT Races.

"Alan was involved in an incident at the 33rd Milestone during the qualifying session for the Senior TT.

"Alan made his TT mountain course debut at the 2014 TT Races and had a highest placed finish of fifteenth, which he achieved in the 2015 Senior TT. He finished 28th in the Superbike race last Sunday 4th June, winning a bronze replica and also finished 30th in this morning’s Superstock race, winning another bronze replica.

"He was the fastest ever TT rider from the Republic of Ireland with a lap of 127.090mph which he achieved in 2015.

"ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on its deepest sympathy to Alan’s partner Gemma and his family and friends."

The 33-year old is the third rider to die at this year's TT, following the deaths of Jochem van den Hoek and Davey Lambert.

RTE presenter Darragh Moloney used Twitter to pay tribute to the rider.