Bike racer died af­ter tyre ex­ploded, inquest is told

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - JA­SON ROBERTS

AVETERAN mo­tor­bike racer died from when a tyre ex­ploded dur­ing a 190mph TT race, an inquest has heard.

Paul Shoe­smith, from Poyn­ton, was in­stantly killed in the tragedy dur­ing the Isle of Man TT races last June.

An inquest at Dou­glas Court­house on the is­land, heard the 50-year-old was a hugely ex­pe­ri­enced and re­spected racer who ran the sport’s Four An­jels race team.

On the af­ter­noon of Satur­day, June 4, the dad-of­four was cel­e­brat­ing af­ter record­ing his fastest lap time at the TT that morn­ing. Coro­ner John Need­ham heard how Mr Shoe­smith had lapped the 37-mile course at an av­er­age speed of al­most 126mph.

How­ever, at around 6.30pm he crashed on a dif­fer­ent mo­tor­bike.

Spec­ta­tor Paul Homer told the hear­ing he’d been film­ing the races – which take place on closed pub­lic roads. He de­scribed how Mr Shoe­smith was trav­el­ling at his bike’s top speed when the front wheel lifted a foot into the air. When the wheel touched the road again the tyre ex­ploded, throw­ing Mr Shoe­smith over the han­dle­bars. He slid along the road be­fore hit­ting a kerb.

Race Mar­shal Thomas Be­vans told how he reached the scene within sec­onds the crash and a med­i­cal he­li­copter landed just ten min­utes later but paramedics were un­able to save him. He said Mr Shoe­smith had ap­peared to hit a slight de­pres­sion in the road while trav­el­ling be­tween 160 and 190mph.

Con­sul­tant pathol­o­gist Dr Irvine Long gave the cause of death as mul­ti­ple in­juries as a re­sult of a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent.

A ve­hi­cle ex­am­iner at the Isle of Man Depart­ment of In­fra­struc­ture, An­thony Bode, said the front tyre had suf­fered a “cat­a­strophic fail­ure” but could find no other faults on the bike.

Mr Need­ham recorded a verdict of mis­ad­ven­ture, say­ing: “I am sat­is­fied there was noth­ing on the road which punc­tured the tyre and caused it to de­flate. It is not for this court to spec­u­late as to rea­sons for the tyre’s fail­ure. I find the tyre fail­ure was en­tirely un­fore­seen.

“The ac­tiv­ity of com­pet­ing in the Isle of Man TT races is in­her­ently dan­ger­ous.

“I know it is lit­tle com­fort to those left be­hind, but Paul was clearly pur- su­ing his dream of rac­ing and he died in­stantly, and so would not have suf­fered.”

Tributes were paid to Mr Shoe­smith fol­low­ing his death from across the sport­ing world.

Fol­low­ing his death, dozens of fans and friends paid trib­ute to the veteran racer by es­cort­ing his funeral cortege back in June last year.

Dozens of bik­ers es­corted Paul Shoe­smith’s funeral cortege in June last year

Poyn­ton biker Paul Shoe­smith was killed in a TT prac­tice crash

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