Isle of Man TT 2022: Davy Morgan has died

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Veteran road racer Davy Morgan has died following an incident on the final lap of the opening Supersport race at the 2022 Isle of Man TT.

The accident occurred at the 27th Milestone on the mountain section of the course last night (June 6).

Morgan, 52, from Saintfield, Northern Ireland was a highly experienced TT competitor having contested it every year since his debut in the 2002 Production 600 race. Yesterday’s Supersport race was his 80th TT race start.

Highlights during that time included a seventh-place finish in the 2006 Senior TT, as well as a career-best fifth spot in the 2008 Lightweight TT. In total, Morgan recorded 49 finishes, which included:

  • 25 top 20 results
  • 14 Silver Replicas
  • 30 Bronze Replicas
  • Best Lap of 125.134mph (Senior TT, 2010)

Alongside his TT exploits, Morgan, who could be easily spotted out on track due to his distinctive pink helmet, also competed in several other road racing events in his career.

Davy Morgan after winning the 250cc race at the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix

The popular racer secured numerous podiums and wins along the way whilst racing at the Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT, Southern 100, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Macau Grand Prix, Oliver’s Mount and Irish national races.

The official statement released by the Isle of Man TT last night revealed that Morgan had considered retiring from racing in recent years, but that the cancellations caused by Covid-19 changed his mind. The statement said:

“Davy had contemplated walking away from the sport in recent years, but the COVID-enforced break had shown him what a life without racing would be like.

“Speaking in 2020, he said: ‘Being away from racing has given me the chance to reflect on what motorbike racing means to me, so I’ve no desire to retire from the sport for a while yet, and it’s been a big part of my life for 27 years now’.

“‘I’ve had the opportunity to see what it would be like without motorbikes, and I’m glad I had that because if I’d decided that I was finished, I’d have been kicking myself!’”

Our thoughts are with Davy’s family, friends and team at this difficult time.