French rider Franck Petricola has died following a crash during Wednesday evening’s practice for the Isle of Man TT.
The 32-year-old, who made his racing return this season after sustaining serious injuries in a crash at the North West 200 last year, came off at Sulby Crossroads.
A statement issued by ACU Events Ltd said: “ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that French rider Franck Petricola, 32, from Pont a Mousson was killed following an accident at Sulby Crossroads at approximately 7.45pm during this evening’s qualifying session at the Isle of Man TT races.
“Petricola was a regular competitor in the IRRC Championship and enjoyed his best season in 2013 with 11th overall in the Superbike category. His best result, sixth, came at Chimay and he ended the year strongly with six successive top ten finishes and took a brace of thirds in the Lightweight Races at Horice and Terlicko.
“He was due to make his TT debut in 2014 but was injured in the North West 200 meeting earlier in the month and was forced to withdraw from last year’s event.
“He returned to full fitness and raced at Scarborough and the North West 200 where he finished 25th in the Superstock race and 21st in the Superbike Race,” the statement added.
“The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Franck’s family and friends.”
The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.