Dean Martin dies in Pre-TT Classic crash

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Organisers of the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic races have this morning announced that Dean Martin, the rider involved in a red flag incident in yesterday’s 850cc classic practice, has passed away.

Martin, 58, was involved in an incident with another competitor and two course marshals at the Billown circuit and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries last night.  

The other rider involved, Jamie O’Brien has been flown to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool and is described to be in a ‘serious but stable’ condition.

One of the two course marshals caught up in the incident has also been taken to Aintree, where he is undergoing treatment for head injuries. The other marshal, a retired competitor, was taken to Noble’s hospital on the island with ankle and shoulder injuries but is expected to be discharged later today.

A statement from race officials read: “The Southern 100 MCRC, organisers of the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, regret to announce the death of Dean Martin, from Santon, Isle of Man following an incident at Billown Dip during the 850cc Classic Practice on Friday evening.

Martin, 58, a long time competitor on the Billown Course on classic and modern machines leaves a partner Hilary.

Southern 100 Racing extends it sincere condolences to family, relatives and friends at this very sad time. The organisers are carrying out a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident; the Coroner of Inquests has been informed.”

All at Motorcycle News send their deepest condolences to Martin’s family and friends. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing