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Archibald to race on in memory of Jefferies

Published: 27 May 2003

Updated: 24 November 2014

Adrian Archibald has decided that he will still compete in this year’s Isle of Man TT despite the death of his team-mate David Jefferies in Thursday’s practice session.

Archibald, 33, made the decision after discussing it with his team and Jefferies’ family who all agree the best way to honour the Yorkshireman is to continue with the races.

" I am shocked by what has happened. David was my team-mate, one of the very best riders in the world and a friend, " Said Archibald. " As a team we approached David’s family and asked them whether we should continue racing. They told us that David would want us to continue and wished me a safe and successful week.

" For me, David personifies everything that is good and admirable about road racing. Whatever results I achieve are dedicated to his memory. "

Team Manager Philip Neill added: " Making the decision to race at the TT after David’s tragic accident was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do, but David’s family wants us to race. David wouldn’t have heard tell of us pulling out of the races on his behalf.

" We are now determined to do our very best in the races and honour him and his memory. This will be David’s TT and everything we do will be dedicated to him. "

To leave your tribute to Jefferies click the link on the right to go to our TT discussion board.

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