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TT 2016: Paul Shoesmith killed in practice incident

Lancashire's Paul Shoesmith has died following an accident during a practice lap for the Isle of Man TT.
Well-known road racer Paul 'Shoey' Shoesmith has sadly been killed during a practice lap at the Isle of Man TT.

The incident happened on Saturday evening when the 50-year-old came off at Sulby Straight on his Superstock machine.

From Poynton in Lancashire, Shoesmith ran his own Ice Valley Anjels Racing Team and Aussie David Johnson was due to ride a BMW Superstock machine at the TT in the Ice Valley colours.

A statement issued by ACU Events Ltd on Saturday evening said: “ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Paul Shoesmith, 50, from Poynton, Lancashire was killed following an accident on Sulby Straight during this evening's solo practice at the Isle of Man TT Races. The session was abandoned.

“Paul made his TT Races debut in 2005 and had a highest placed finish of 15th on the TT Mountain Course in both the Superbike and Senior Races in 2011. He also achieved finishes of 8th and 11th in the 2008 and 2009 Lightweight TT Races at the Billown circuit.

“He achieved his fastest ever lap around the TT Mountain Course in today's Superbike Race, lapping at 125.896mph and finishing 29th. He won forty bronze replicas including the one he received for today's race.

“ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Paul's family and friends.”

Shoesmith was the second competitor killed on Saturday after Australian Dwight Beare died after an incident in the Sidecar race at Rhencullen.



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Paul Shoesmith was killed in a crash during a practice lap for the Isle of Man TT.
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.

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