Manx Grand Prix 2023: Ian Bainbridge has died

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Manx Grand Prix rider Ian Bainbridge has died following a crash during the second qualifying session of the 2023 event on Tuesday August 22.

Bainbridge was killed in an accident on the exit of Kirk Michael Village on his opening lap of the session. The 69-year-old, from Barnard Castle, was a regular at the event having made his Manx Grand Prix debut in 2005.

A statement released by Manx Grand Prix organisers said:

“We would like to extend our profound sympathies to Ian’s wife, his two daughters, his loved ones, and friends.

“Ian had competed regularly at the Manx Grand Prix since 2005, missing only two events since his debut. A stalwart of the classic racing scene, he had raced his Manx Norton around the UK, the Pre TT Classic at the Southern 100, and the Bob McIntyre Memorial Races at East Fortune over many years. 

“He was also a keen supporter of grass roots racing, helping new racers attain their licence as an active member of the North East Motorcycle Racing Club.

“A racer of over 30 years who was supported by a close network of family and friends, Ian will be sorely missed.”

Bainbridge is the second rider to lose his life at this year’s event following the passing of Gary Vines on Monday evening (August 21). Vines crashed at Ballagarey on his opening lap of the first qualifying session.

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