Manx Grand Prix: Dutch newcomer Dennis Hoffer killed in crash

A newcomer was killed during practice for the Manx Grand Prix on Wednesday evening.
A newcomer was killed during practice for the Manx Grand Prix on Wednesday evening.

A newcomer to the Manx Grand Prix was sadly killed following an incident during Wednesday’s Manx Grand Prix practice session on the Isle of Man.

A statement issued by the organisers on Thursday morning said: “The Manx Motor Cycle Club, organisers of the Manx Grand Prix, regret to announce that Dennis Hoffer, 42, from Hoogkarspel in Holland, was killed in an incident near the 13th Milestone during last night’s Manx Grand Prix qualifying session on the Isle of Man.

“Hoffer, who was single, was a newcomer to the Mountain Course. He has been a regular racer on European circuits since 2009.

“The Manx Motor Cycle Club wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to Dennis’s family and friends.”

Wednesday’s session was red flagged due to Mr Hoffer’s accident and another, unconnected incident near the 13th Milestone.

The session was later cancelled due to the length of time required to clear the scene and deteriorating weather conditions.