RR »

Hallett Racing has withdrawn from competition following Paul Dobbs' death

Hallett Aviation Racing has withdrawn from all racing following the death of rider Paul Dobbs during the 2010 Isle of Man TT.
After the death of racer Paul Dobbs during the 2010 Isle of Man TT, his team Hallett Aviation Racing has withdrawn from all competition.

'Dobsy' died when he crashed at Ballagarey during the second Supersport race of the 2010 Isle of Man TT on Thursday. He was racing a 600cc Suzuki supplied by Hallett Aviation Racing.

Team boss Neil Hallett confirmed he was standing by a commitment to withdraw from racing if one of his riders was hurt.

He said:

“After the incident in which Dobsy sadly lost his life whilst riding one of my 600 Gixers during last Thursday's Supersport race, Hallett racing will be withdrawing from all events, effective immediately. I have always said as a team owner that if any of our riders where to get hurt then I would stop the team racing and I am sticking exactly to that statement.”

“My sympathies are first and foremost with Bridget (Paul Dobbs' wife) and the girls, I hope they can come to terms with their great loss, I know Paul died doing what he loved best and I will pass on all the condolences we as a team have been sent.”

“Dobsy will be sadly missed from the paddocks, he was always a good laugh and although we had only helped him for two events this year we have been friends with him for many years.”

Mr Hallett added:
“The press has missed for years the mid-pack racing between the likes of Dobsy, Paul Owen, Oatesy (Stephen Oates), James McBride and Mark Buckley who always had close on-track battles and had the mutual respect that riding so close to each other at high speeds.”

Fellow racer Paul Owen abandoned his own race after the crash involving Dobbs, pulling over to assist marshals at the scene. He was presented with the 'Spirit of the TT' award in recognition of his selfless actions.

There have also been allegations some riders passed through the scene of the crash without reducing their speed, despite yellow flags being displayed. On Friday morning it was confirmed organisers were investigating complaints, but so far no official comment has been issued about the outcome of those investigations.

Mr Hallett praised Welsh rider Owen, and had heavy criticism for any riders who failed to slow at the scene.

He said:

“Paul Owen's actions during that race came as no surprise to me, all of the above riders would have done the same if they had been in the same situation, but I have huge respect for Paul and his actions that day and utter disgust for the riders who went through at race speed under waved yellows.”

“They know who they are and their huge egos will never let them realise what they did, but I do hope that someone in the organising group can bring some of these people to some kind of justice. It can't help Paul but it could stop an even bigger tragedy the next time there is a serious incident.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Paul Dobbs at the Southern 100 - 2009
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

chris - Unregistered

June 16, 2010 11:09 AM

Suppose they who went howling through under a yellow flag should count themselves very lucky that, they did'nt run into something simular to the carnage Jim Moody encounted in the tragic crash that took David Jefferies. They need to be brought to book, to protect themselves, the marshalls and the public. Rules are rules, they are not made up for nothing.

Buelliful .

June 16, 2010 12:32 PM

If the TT organisers are so keen on safety issues (Guy Martin exceeding the pit lane speed limit by 0.112kph) then surely something MUST be done regarding riders ignoring waved yellow flags. This has far higher implications for not only the riders safety, but also that of marshalls and spectators.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.