Three motorcycle racers, Davey Lambert, Jochem van den Hoek, and Alan Bonner, have been killed in separate incidents at the 2017 Isle of Man TT.
Two IOM TT racers, Davey Lambert of the UK and Jochem van den Hoek of Holland died from injuries sustained during TT race crashes. The third rider, Alan Bonner, of Ireland, died during Senior TT qualifying on the 37.73-mile Mountain Course.
Davey Lambert of England
Lambert, 48, from Gateshead, England, was killed Tuesday evening after he was injured during a Superbike race on Sunday. Lambert had been racing on the Isle of Man’s Snaefell Mountain Course since 2014. The following statement was left on Lambert’s Facebook page.
Jochem van den Hoek of Holland
Van den Hoek, 28, from Werkendam, Holland, was killed during a Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT Wednesday morning. The incident occurred on the first lap of the race, according to an official statement. Van dek Hoek came in 27th place in a Superbike race on Sunday, leaving him with a bronze replica, according to the official statement. According to Motorsport, Van dek Hoek made his Isle of Man TT debut just last year.
Alan Bonner of the Republic of Ireland
Bonner, 33, from County Meath, Ireland, died after crashing at the 33rd Milestone on the Isle of Man TT’s mountain area, according to an official statement. 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. Bonner held the title of fastest ever Irish TT rider after a lap of 127.090 miles per hour in 2015.
With the passing of Lambert, van den Hoek and Bonner, a total of 250 riders have died in both TT and Manx Grand Prix races since 1911. Last year, four riders died during the 2016 Isle of Man TT—the deadliest year since 2010.
Shift’n’driveteam wishes to pass on its deepest sympathy to family and friends affected by these TT tragedies.