Rider Killed During Isle Of Man TT
ISLE OF MAN – Karl Harris, a 34-year-old former British Supersport champion motorcycle racer, was killed Tuesday after a crash on the second lap Superstock race as part of the Isle of Man TT.
Harris made his TT Races debut in 2012. He was a triple British Supersport champion and British Superbike podium finisher. Harris appeared on the racing scene as a teenager in the 1990s when he rode for Team Great Britain in the Superteen Championship. From there, Harris went on to win the 1999 European Superstock 1000cc Championship before spending a season in the World Supersport Championship.
He was best known for his British Championship career. He was the dominant force in the British Supersport Championship in the early 2000s before becoming a prominent front-runner in the Superbike class for the factory Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha teams.
Harris won three British Supersport Championships between 2001 and 2004, the first for Crescent Suzuki and the remaining two for Honda Racing, before progressing full-time to the premier Superbike category in 2005. His best season came in 2006 when he finished in fifth-place overall, recording six podiums. In total, Harris notched 12 British Superbike podiums.
“Karl was one of the great characters in the race paddock,” said Gary Thompson, TT Clerk of Course, ACU Events. “His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour lit up many race meetings. He was a hugely talented racer and will be sorely missed.”
An investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.
This is the second death during the Isle of Man TT in as many days. Bob Price, a 65-year-old experienced road racer who debuted at the TT in 1992, was killed during the first Supersport race Monday. His racing career included a third-place finish in the MGP Junior Classic and runner-up in the Senior Classic, both in 2002.