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Hallett Racing has withdrawn from competition following Paul Dobbs' death

Hallett Aviation Racing has withdrawn from all racing following the death of rider Paul Dobbs during the 2010 Isle of Man TT.
After the death of racer Paul Dobbs during the 2010 Isle of Man TT, his team Hallett Aviation Racing has withdrawn from all competition.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
Conor Cummins has joined the Padgetts Racing Honda team for 2017.
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Michael Dunlop, Carl Cox, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Michael Dunlop has signed for Bennets Suzuki for the 2017 international road races.
Michael Dunlop has signed for the Bennett Suzuki team for 2017.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Guy Martin, Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Kneen has signed for the Penz13.com Racing Team for the 2017 road races.
Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.

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.