I don’t usually do the whole news and blogging thing – I’m more comfortable taking and posting pictures rather than writing about things, but I’ve just noticed something that I had to write down, even if it’s only to get some feedback on if I’m right or wrong, so here it goes.
As I’m sure all TT followers know, the races this year sadly claimed the lives of two competitors: New Zealander Paul Dobbs and Austrian Martin Loicht. Both riders came off during the second Supersport TT race.
As far as I can tell, Martin Loicht’s accident means that TT Zero has claimed its first victim in its first year. I only noticed that while reading an entry in the blog of SERT racing, the Swedish team that took part in TT Zero:
In order to be qualified as a rider for the TT Zero, you have to complete the track faster than a specific time with a petrol bike. Martin had a rider, but wanted to do it by himself. Sadly, during one of the qualification races there was an accident and he died.
If I’m not wrong, then he lost his life trying to qualify for TT Zero and electric motorbike racing has experienced its first fatality as a result – even if it was indirectly.