Thousands turn out to remember Simon Andrews at TT

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Thousands of bikers have descended on the TT grandstand for a lap of the Mountain Course in memory of Simon Andrews, who was killed racing at the North West 200 last month.

The lap, organised largely by fans on social media, attracted approximately five thousand of the bikers attending the TT, and according to Manx police stretched over eight miles of the 37.7 mile long circuit, after taking over twenty minutes to leave the start finish at the Grandstand.

Former GP racer Steve Parrish launched proceedings by reading out a letter of thanks from Simon’s family, before the lap was led off by a number of current and past TT racers, including Mike Hailwood’s son David on a replica of his father’s 1967 TT winning Honda Six.

With roads not officially closed for the event, Manx police were quick to assist, and ensured green traffic lights and cleared junctions for the entire lap, which brought widespread traffic chaos to the island.

Simon will be laid to rest on June 17th, after a 3pm service at Worcester Cathedral. All are welcome.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer