Karl Harris Dies

June 4, 2014 by  

Karl Harris Dies, British Supersport champion Karl Harris sadly became the second competitor to die in this year’s TT races on the Isle of Man when he was killed during Tuesday’s Superstock event, reported by BBC News.

Team WD40 remembered the rider with a photo of success shortly after the 34-year-old passed away:

RIP BOMBER , we will always have great memories from all at GR motosport #Europeanchampion #bomber@OfficialBSB

— Team WD40 (@GRMotoSport) June 3, 2014

Harris crashed on Joey’s Corner during the final lap of the notorious meet. Gary Thompson, TT clerk at the course, led the tributes with a summary of how Harris will be remembered by his fellow professionals, per Sky Sports:

“Karl was one of the great characters in the race paddock,” said Thompson. “His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour lit up many race meetings. He was a hugely talented racer and will be sorely missed.”

Twitter quickly followed suit with many tributes to the three-time British Supersport champion who made his Isle of Man debut in 2012. Steve Parrish, a former racer and BBC commentator, summed up the loss of his associate:

Really sad to loose a mate, Karl Bomber Harris today. Chasing his passion. RIP. My thoughts are with his family.

— Steve Parrish (@Stavros6) June 3, 2014

Eugene Laverty, who currently rides for Suzuki’s World Superbikes division, also described Harris’ personality:

Lost for words on hearing the news of Karl Harris. Great guy with a big heart #RIPBomber

— Eugene Laverty (@eugenelaverty) June 3, 2014

British road racer Conor Cummins paid tribute to his countryman:

Really saddened to read of Karl Harris’ passing today. Unbelievable rider and a top bloke. RIP fella. God speed

— Conor Cummins (@ConrodIOM) June 3, 2014

Bleacher Report UK summed up the race’s extremely dangerous nature:

RIP Karl Harris (1979-2014) who is the 242nd rider fatality on the Snaefell Mountain Course in the Isle of Man.

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) June 4, 2014

Former Isle of Man TT winner and current lap record holder Mat Oxley appeared to question whether putting lives at risk is worth the spectacle:

Horrible news from the TT: Karl Harris killed in Superstock race at Joey’s, an unforgiving corner if ever there was one. Makes you wonder

— Mat Oxley (@matoxley) June 3, 2014

Sam Lowes, who won last year’s World Supersport championship, echoed the thoughts of many within the profession when remembering Harris’ kind nature:

Gutted and upset, Karl Harris was a top top bloke nice guy and very talented on a motorbike! RIP Mate everyone will miss you #bomber

— Sam Lowes (@SamLowes11) June 3, 2014

Former Olympic runner Derek Redmond posted an image of Harris’ daring instincts:

Yet another legend, gent and one of the most talented riders I have met. RIP Karl Harris

— Derek A Redmond (@Derek_Redmond) June 3, 2014

Carl Fogarty, perhaps the most famous British rider of them all, also took time to express his sadness:

Gutted beyond words at the news that Karl Harris has been killed.!!!

— Carl Fogarty (@carlfogarty) June 3, 2014

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