Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Irish road racing claims another victim

The sport of "real road racing" has claimed another victim, with the death of Martin Finnegan this weekend in the Tandragee 100 in Northern Ireland. This genre of motorcycle racing is well-known for its inherent danger thanks to the myriad of deaths at the Isle of Man TT over the years, but the frequent additional tragedies during the rest of the season every year tend to go less noticed. The last three years have seen the deaths of Richard Britton, John Donnan, Darran Lindsey and now Finnegan on the Irish roads, in addition to the more high profile losses at the TT that have included David Jefferies and Jun Maeda. Back in 2000 there were eight deaths in real road racing alone...

I'll never call for the banning of this type of racing, because those who do it know the risks, but almost always the news articles include a statement to the effect of "he leaves behind a wife and a young child". That was certainly the case with Finnegan, Lindsay and Britton. I guess I just wish these guys would transition to circuit racing once they become parents.

6 comments:

Don Speekingleesh said...

Some videos [URL=http://www.ireland.com/blogs/presenttense/2008/05/06/martin-finnegan/]here[/URL] you worth seeing.

I'm finding it harder and harder every year to watch road-racing.

Don Speekingleesh said...

And another one this evening. Robert Dunlop has died of injuries he received in a crash during practice for the NW200.

Nicebloke said...

Dammit, how awful. So many reasons why this is ironic...

John said...

Thanks for spreading awarness about the risks involved in road racing. Though it is a kind of sports but what about the victim who suffered fatal injuries & died in it? I wonder if his family could claim accident compensation from the organizers. Anyone including a passenger, cyclist, pedestrian or a driver who has suffered from a personal injury in an accident can make a compensation claim. To make a successful claim, claimants must prove with substantial facts that the injury has resulted due to the negligence of someone. All vehicles must be insured as per the rules. Even if you have suffered a personal injury in an accident where the driver of the vehicle was not insured, or did not stop to give their details, making a claim through claims specialists can still be a better idea. No win no fee personal injury claim is a type of claim wherein the claimant need not pay any fee to the solicitor. For more information visit compensation claim .

Barbiegirl Northern Ireland Real Road Racing Blog said...

A posting which is even more relevant today. Real road racing in Northern Ireland could very well be banned, which is basically the subject of my own Barbiegirl Northern Ireland Real Road Racing Blog which many people have been trying to have removed. Scandalous is the only way to describe the way the sports governing body over here has been behaving.

Bike Accidents said...

Its just going on increasing and with no signs of letting off. Bike accidents can be very dangerous ... in fact any kind of accidents are dangerous and playing with this kind of road racing is nothign short of inviting danger upon yourself.