Kiwi killed in Isle of Man TT race

Last updated 09:33 11/06/2010

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New Zealand motorcyclist Paul Dobbs has been killed while competing at the dangerous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event on the English isle.

Dobbs, 39, died over night when he was involved in a "racing incident" during the Supersport 2 race at the TT races in a racing incident at Ballagarey.

Hobbs was considered an experienced TT competitor with a best finish of sixth in the 400cc lightweight TT race in 2000.

He first competed in the Isle of Man TT Races in 1999.

"Paul was a really popular rider in the paddock and was a great competitor. He was a very talented rider who made many friends in the racing community. He will be sorely missed," Jim Parker, chairman of the organisers, the Auto Cycle Union, said in a statement.

Dobbs, from Onewhero in Waikato, was married with two children.

New Zealand rider Robert Holden died aged 38 in 1996 in a practice session at the Isle of Man, after winning the singles title the previous year.

Another New Zealander, three-times TT winner Shaun Harris was critically injured in the 2007 race, but recovered although he has since retired from racing.

More than 200 racers have died on the road course on the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea, since the first TT race was first staged over a century ago.

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