Daley Mathison, a 27-year-old motorcyclist, died today in a crash during the opening race of this year’s Isle of Man TT. This was Mathison’s 20th time taking part in the TT.
A successful and experienced driver, Mathison was on the third of four laps when he came off his Penz13.com BMW S 1000 RR Superbike during a sharp left turn, leading to his untimely death. He was two miles into the 37.73-mile Mountain Course at the time.
The Isle of Man TT is known as one of the most dangerous racing events in the world; two drivers died on the track last year, three in 2017. Mathison’s love of motorcycle racing, though, led him to accept the risks of the event for numerous runs, and over the years he accumulated a solid selection of accolades for his prowess. ACU Events Ltd, the organizers of the event, made this statement regarding Mathison’s death and his racing history:
ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Daley Mathison, 27, from Stockton on Tees, Durham was killed in an incident during the Superbike Race today at the Isle of Man TT Races. The accident occurred at Snugborough, just over 2 miles into the Course, on the 3rd lap of the race.
Daley was an experienced competitor and was seeded 19th for today’s race. He made his Mountain Course debut in the 2013 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers A Race, finishing fifth. His TT career included three consecutive podiums in the TT Zero electric bike Race in 2016, 2017 and 2018 including the runner up position in the race last year, representing Nottingham University.
Daley Mathison TT death 2019 RST Superbike IOMHe also achieved an 11th place finish in last year’s Superstock Race and a pair of 13th place finishes in the 2017 and 2018 Senior TT Races.
He set his fastest lap of the Mountain Course – 128.054mph – in the 2018 Superstock race which made him the 34th fastest rider of all time. He set the second fastest TT Zero lap ever with a lap of 119.294mph in the 2018 race.
In total, he started 19 TT Races with 14 finishes and three podiums and won six silver and eight bronze replicas
ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Daley’s wife Natalie, his family and friends.
Mathison’s wife made a post on Twitter memorializing her husband’s love of his sport:
Not something I ever wanted to write but here we go…..
Daley, as Daisy says, is now sleeping with the fairies. That’s all I can bring myself to say right now. The last image I saw of my husband, was of a man so happy with life and so proud of his racing. xxxxxx pic.twitter.com/wWCaDJwUht
— Daley Mathison (@DaleyMathison) June 3, 2019
The race was ended early as a result of the crash, leaving Peter Hickman the winner.
We at RacingJunk send our condolences to the friends and relatives of Daley Mathison, as well as to all those inspired by his racing accomplishments.