Isle of Man Motorcycle Race Marred by Rider Deaths

Two riders were killed over the weekend at the Isle of Man TT Races in Great Britain, marring an otherwise classic motorcycle race. 

Both fatal crashes occurred on opening day of the event on Saturday June 6. Sidecar driver Dwight Beare, 27, perished in a crash with passenger Ben Binns, who was airlifted to a nearby hospital in stable condition. 

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Another rider, Paul Shoesmith, 50, died in a crash during solo practice on the same day. Shoesmith began racing superbike in 2005 and had achieved his fastest ever lap on the TT Mountain Course in Saturday’s Superbike Race, reaching speeds of 125 mph, according to the BBC.

Beare, originally from Melbourne, Australia made his competitive sidecar debut in 2014, according to a mention of the accident by race officials on Facebook. The accident occurred in Race 1, which was immediately red flagged.

Condolences go out to the families of both riders.