The 2011 Isle of Man TT has been a deadly event so far. Today, Derek Brien lost his life after an accident in the first Supersport race at the Isle of Man. Brien is the third rider to lose his life this year around the mountain course.
Brien, 34, was involved in a high speed accident during the first Supersport race at the 2011 Isle of Man TT. The race was red flagged, but is expected to continue later today.
Here is a statement from the ACU:
“ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce the death of Derek Brien, 34, from Co. Meath in Ireland who was killed during the first Supersport race at the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races following a high speed accident at Gorse Lea. The race was immediately red flagged following the incident.
“Derek was an experienced road racer who first competed on the Isle of Man in the Manx Grand Prix in 2007 and competed in the TT Races in 2009 and 2010. He had a highest TT place of 13th in the 2010 Supersport 1 race.
“Derek was single with a partner, Sarah. The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Derek’s family and friends.”
Brien’s death comes just a few days after Bill Currie and Kevin Morgan met a similar fate around the mountain course. Currie and Morgan were killed during the first sidecar qualifying event at the 2011 Isle of Man TT.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com