RR » TT 2013: Tyco Suzuki's Neill 'devastated' by fatal accident

'We were very much looking forward to working with Yoshinari during TT2013 and pass on our deepest condolences to his family and fellow team members' - Philip Neill

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And after they ban the TT the cotton wool brigade can start on short circuit racing. More than likely they would want to put a age limit on how old you have to be before you can start the sport. For a country that allows radical preachers so much freedom of speech, I don't understand why there is so much pressure to ban a sport that only endangers the pertisapant who has had months to reconsider any rash decision.

Rest in peace Yoshisan.

Big mick - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 9:19 PM

Ban the tt and within a few decades riding a bike on the road will be outlawed. Why are people so obsessed with telling people what they can and can't do? The only people these guys are hurting is themselves. It's called freedom of choice, something that is hard to come by these days. Everyone would love to do it, a select few have the balls to try it. I didn't know yoshi at all but I'm sure he would be horrified for his death to be used as by people calling for the tt to be banned.

thomas wilkes - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 10:19 PM

There is a contract in this sport that makes every rider a liability to them selves. If euthanasia was legal the terminally ill would apply to be a rider. Because that would give them their legal right to Be terminated. Compared to football, no rider gets anywhere the privileges of a footballer as his errors are statistical and a rider pound For pound fatal. I'd be a better man not looking like a **** missing a goal than a rider missing a corner and taking his life to prove his mistake for missing that opportunity to show he's the man. I could be here forever going over this?

Ian Emms - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 8:03 AM

Yep here we go again, saying the TT should be banned yadayada.

But I have news for you, life is dangerous, even more so in today's world, even the most mundane and routine of things can see you die.

Everytime a competitor is on the start line of any motor race, they know the risks as do everyone else present, it even say motorsport is dangerous on the back of every ticket.

Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

May 29, 2013 10:52 AM

Firstly, I'm a fan of bike racing... I have participated in motorsport for a while and I'm coming from the same place as most of the "let them race" brigade.

However... there has to be a line drawn - I personally feel something has to give, in this day and age its not acceptable to run an event where we almost know people will be killed...

Why not limit the bikes to 100hp or something? There are several ways the risk could be mitigated (not totally eliminated) - but people dying should not be 'just part of it' - there is no glory in being killed in sport, its utterly disrespectful to the family and Yoshi to say you're "devastated" - then continue working on two bikes and no doubt celebrating wins/podiums next week.


May 29, 2013 9:23 PM
Last Edited 915 days ago

Q: "Why not limit the bikes to 100hp or something?"

A: because it'd be nothing more than "feel good" legislation.

joey died not while wrestling some fire breathing HRC "wonderbike" dropping down through bray hill. joey died while campaining a lowly, unassuming 125 in estonia.

get killed walkin' your doggie.. (al pacino voice)

Scorpio46 - Unregistered

May 30, 2013 1:56 PM

All the people calling for this event to be stopped should look at other activities that cause death to there participants before making judgment on one sport. I watched a documentary on Mount Everest the other night and the commentator stated that in the last two months eight people have died trying to climb this peice of rock and I wandered how many have died over the same period that the TT has been running. I'm sure the TT would look like a kids tea party based on two months figures for climbing mountains, My granfather and father were involved in two world wars so that I could have freedom of speach and freedom of choice and that is what all sportsmen do knowing full well the risks involved so I suggest you naysayers crawl back under your rocks and stop trying to tell other people what they should or should not do.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tetley - Unregistered

June 01, 2013 9:26 PM

Before anyone tells anyone else what they should or should not do we need to know the facts surrounding the tragedy. Was it the road surface, was it visibilty, was it machine or component failure, was it a Marshalling issue, was it due to a member of the public, was the rider simply going too fast, too soon?
Every year the tally of killed and seriously injured at the TT hits the headlines but what the media doesn't say is that many are locals, many are visitors, and the total of deaths in these categories usually exceeds the deaths of racers.

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