Three-time British Supersport champion Karl Harris has died following a crash in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old lost his life after an incident on lap two of the race, which happened on the Mountain section of the course at Joey’s.
A statement released on Tuesday evening by the Isle of Man TT organisers said: “ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Karl Harris, 34, from Sheffield was killed during the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT races today following an incident at Joey’s on the second lap of the race.
“Harris, a professional motorbike racer, made his TT races debut in 2012. He was a triple British Supersport Champion and British Superbike podium finisher.
“He was best known for his British Championship career. He was the dominant force in the British Supersport Championship in the early 2000s before becoming a prominent front-runner in the Superbike class for the factory Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha teams.
“Harris won three British Supersport Championships between 2001 and 2004, the first for Crescent Suzuki and the remaining two for Honda Racing, before progressing full time to the premier Superbike category in 2005. His best season came in 2006 when he finished in fifth place overall recording six podiums. In total, Harris notched up 12 BSB podiums.
“The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Karl’s family and friends.”
Gary Thompson, TT Clerk of the Course, expressed his sadness at the news.
“Karl was one of the great characters in the race paddock. His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour lit up many race meetings. He was a hugely talented racer and will be sorely missed.”
The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.