MotoGP rider Scott Redding will not be appearing at this year's Isle of Man TT, following the tragic deaths of Bob Price and Karl Harris this week.
The 21-year-old was due to take part in Friday's parade lap, but has been 'devastated' by the news of both deaths, particularly that of Price, who was a close family friend and heavily involved in the early part of Redding's career.
"I was shocked when I heard the news that Bob had been killed at the TT," explained Redding. "He was a close family friend and one of the few people outside of my immediate family who supported me when I started out racing. I will miss him, as will many others in our racing family."
Price was a long time supporter of the Isle of Man TT and an experienced road racer, having made his debut on the Island in 1992. The 65-year-old from Stroud, Gloucestershire, died after an accident at Ballaugh Bridge during this year's first Supersport race.
"Bob died doing something that he loved. I know we hear this all the time when tragedy strikes, but in Bob's case it was definitely true. He was no spring chicken, but a seasoned roads campaigner who knew the risks, like all the riders do, but it's what he wanted to do. I respect that, as I respect everyone who takes on the challenge of the TT, but it doesn't make his passing any easier to deal with.
"Then yesterday, we heard the tragic news that Karl Harris had also lost his life. Karl and Bob are both guys that I know and their deaths have hit me harder than I expected. Honestly, I'm devastated.
"And that's why I won't be at the TT on Friday, not because I have anything against the Isle of Man TT, but because I prefer to mourn Bob in the places where I knew him best, not the place where he was taken from us.
"I wish all the competitors on the Island safe racing."
Redding had been criticised by some, and supported by others, for questioning the TT on Twitter following the death of Harris on Tuesday: