The British Auto Cycle Union regrets to announce that New Zealand’s Paul Dobbs has been killed at the Isle of Man.
The 39-year-old, from Onewhero, South Auckland, was killed during the Supersport 2 race at the TT races in a racing incident at Ballagarey.
Paul was an experienced TT competitor with a best finish of sixth in the 400cc lightweight TT race in 2000. He first competed in the Isle of Man TT Races in 1999.
He was married with two children. The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to the rider’s family and friends.
Jim Parker, Chairman, ACU, commented: “Paul was a really popular rider in the paddock and was a great competitor. He was a very talented rider who made many friends in the racing community. He will be sorely missed.”
Paul tasted success at the Isle earlier this week when he won two bronze medals. He raced a 600cc Suzuki to 22nd spot in the TT2010 Supersport race, averaging 117.4 mph around the Isle. He also raced a 1000cc Yamaha to finish 24th in the Royal London 360 Superstock class, averaging 120.4 mph.
The photo above shows Paul in action at the Wanganui street races in December.
© Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com