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  • 4 June 2014, 3:15

Bike Racer Karl Harris Killed In Isle Of Man TT

A professional racer has become the second motorcyclist to be killed during the 2014 Isle of Man TT races.

Karl Harris, 34, from Sheffield, died after he was involved in a crash on Joey's Corner during the Superstock Race on Tuesday.

Mr Harris made his TT Races debut in 2012 and was a three-time British Supersport champion. He also finished fifth in the Superbike category in 2006.

Gary Thompson, clerk of the TT course, said: "Karl was one of the great characters in the race paddock.

"His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour lit up many race meetings.

"He was a hugely talented racer and will be sorely missed."

A statement from organisers ACU Events Ltd said: "The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathies to Karl's friends and family."

On Monday, 65-year-old Bob Price died after a collision in a Supersport category race in the village of Ballaugh, the Stroud News and Journal reported.

The newspaper said Mr Price came off his bike at a humpback bridge along the 37.5-mile course.

An investigation into both accidents has been launched.

Last month, biker Simon Andrews died after he was involved in a crash in the Superstock race at North West 200 in Northern Ireland.

The 31-year-old, from Evesham in Worcestershire, was injured in the crash and died in hospital two days later.

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