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Taken from Newsletter..

Yorkshire rider James Cowton has been killed in a crash at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man.

The 26-year-old, from Driffield, was competing in the 600 Challenge race – the final event of this year’s meeting – for Northern Ireland’s McAdoo Racing team when the fatal accident occurred.

A statement issued by the organisers said: 'The Southern 100 MCRC, organisers of the Southern 100 International Road Races, regret to announce that following an incident involving four-competitors at Stadium Bends during the 600cc Challenge race, Driffield rider, James Cowton succumbed to his injuries. (Of) The other riders involved, Ivan Lintin is in a critical condition, whilst Jamie Coward has shoulder injuries and Mickey Evans leg and arm injuries.

'Southern 100 Racing extends it sincere condolences to family, relatives and friends of James Cowton at this very sad time. The organisers are carrying out a full investigation in conjunction with Isle of Man Constabulary into the circumstances of the incident on behalf of the Coroner of Inquests.'

The event was called off as the emergency services attended the scene. Sections of the course remained closed for a time.

Cowton was in his second full season with the Cookstown-based McAdoo Racing team. He clinched a major win at the North West 200 in May, sealing victory in the Saturday Supertwins race.

He secured a series of podium finishes on Thursday on the Isle of Man, taking the runner-up spot in the first 600 race behind Dean Harrison before finishing third in the Senior race, which was won by Harrison from Ivan Lintin.

Cowton then pushed his McAdoo team-mate Adam McLean all the way in the Supertwins race, but had to settle for the runner-up spot by a whisker. In the feature Solo Championship race, he crossed the line in fourth behind Harrison, Lintin and newcomer Davey Todd.

The tragic news comes during a terrible few days for road racing, with top Ulster rider William Dunlop losing his life in an incident during practice for the Skerries 100 on Saturday in County Dublin.

On Monday, Tom Robinson from North Yorkshire was critically injured after crashing during practice for the Supersport class at the Southern 100.

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Lindsay @ 13/07/2018 07:10  

Very sad news condolences to his family ,rip James

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Deleted Member @ 13/07/2018 08:52  

Such sad news about a local up and coming brave rider.
Praying Ivan is going to be ok 🙏🏻

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Deleted Member @ 13/07/2018 13:18  

Such sad times yet again
Our loved pastime is so dangerous yet if you are not involved like most they just do. Or understand why we go keep getting back on our bike
Ride in Peace Brother

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AAA88 @ 17/07/2018 01:21  

Another bit of sad news indeed and condolences all round.

I feel though, that this is another indicator, towards the death of road racing. Once the safety police, get their teeth into all these recent incidents. The organisers may be forced to change and be forced to bring in stringent safety measures. Not just for tracks but for bikes and riders too. Maybe as far as closing tracks and events and the demise of road racing. Just like what happened in motor sport racing, back in the fifties and sixties. With the 1955 Let Mans disaster and other disasters. Slowly leading the way to such iconic tracks as Reims and the green hell of the Nurburgring, in Germany and France. The pc brigade are watching.

Pretty soon it will be as boring as the corporate controlled Formula one car racing. Which is far away from the essence of true road racing.

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yorkie mick @ 17/07/2018 15:49  

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