A motorcyclist has died after crashing during the opening race of the 2019 Isle of Man TT, the race organiser has confirmed.
Daley Mathison, from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, crashed at Snugborough, near Union Mills, on his third lap of the four-lap Superbike race.
The 27-year-old was making his 19th TT start, having previously achieved three podium finishes.
The Penz13.com rider was a regular at the North West 200 and a former Ulster Grand Prix winner, having claimed victory in the 2014 Ultra-lightweight race.
Mrs Mathison wrote that the “last image I saw of my husband was of a man so happy with life and so proud of his racing”.
The race on the 37.73-mile Mountain Course was immediately red-flagged and an air ambulance arrived to the scene where Mathison was taken to hospital, but sadly died.
His wife posted a moving tribute on the Stockton-on-Tees motor-racer’s Twitter page on the devastating news.
She wrote: “Not something I ever wanted to write but here we go.
“Daley, as Daisy says, is now sleeping with the fairies.
Race organisers the ACU released a lengthy statement that read: “ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Daley Mathison, 27, from Stockton on Tees, Durham was killed in an incident during the Superbike race today at the Isle of Man TT Races.