Steve Mercer is in a critical but stable condition following a collision with an official course vehicle during practice for the Isle of Man TT on Wednesday evening.

Mercer, from Kent, was initially treated in hospital on the Isle of Man before being flown to Liverpool for further assessment.

The 36-year-old Jackson Racing rider was involved in an incident at Ballacrye. The course vehicle had been attending the scene of the tragic accident that claimed the life of Dan Kneen in a separate incident at Churchtown.

A statement issued by the TT organisers on Thursday said: ‘Isle of Man TT Races organisers ACU Events Ltd have confirmed that Steve Mercer, 36, from Maidstone, Kent, the rider involved in a collision with a course car at Ballacrye during last night’s Superbike qualifying session, is in a critical but stable condition after being transferred from the Isle of Man to Liverpool.

‘ACU Events Ltd has confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident’.

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