PRINCE WILLS’ ISLE OF MAN TT MIS­SION

Learner bike has more torque than R1 £100k char­ity ride

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Prince Wil­liam took the op­por­tu­nity to com­fort the fam­ily of Dan Kneen dur­ing his visit to the TT last Wed­nes­day. The Duke of Cam­bridge, who was there to watch the Light­weight, Su­pers­port and TT Zero races, as well as visit the Joey Dun­lop foun­da­tion took the time to speak Dan’s loved ones, in­clud­ing fa­ther Richard and Dan’s part­ner Leanne. Af­ter the meet­ing, Richard said on Face­book: “Yes­ter­day we met Prince Wil­liam. He had asked to speak to us in pri­vate, he spoke to all of us one at a time and wanted to hear about Dan. He was gen­uinely in­ter­ested about when Dan first got in­volved with bikes and what he had achieved in his rac­ing ca­reer. He was en­thu­si­as­tic to see the TT con­tinue.” Thirty-year-old Dan was killed in an ac­ci­dent in prac­tice while rid­ing his Tyco BMW S1000RR. The Manx­man, whose best po­si­tion at the TT was a podium in last year’s Su­per­stock race, was in­volved in a high-speed in­ci­dent at the Church­town sec­tion crash­ing at an es­ti­mated 140mph. Just the day be­fore he’d set his fastest-ever lap record­ing an im­pres­sive 132.258mph.

‘He spoke to us and wanted to hear about Dan’ RICHARD KNEEN

Richard was im­pressed with the Prince’s in­ter­est in his fam­ily and road rac­ing in gen­eral. “Leanne pre­sented Prince Wil­liam with a Dan Kneen T-shirt and he said: ‘I will wear it with pride and send a photo with it on.’ Leanne said we would like to set up a proper char­ity in Dan’s name and when it gets set up that he would help in any way he could. It was very nice of him; a com­pas­sion­ate and un­der­stand­ing young man.”

The Prince was also fol­low­ing the progress of younger brother Ryan Kneen. The pre­vi­ous week Ryan had com­pleted a lap in hon­our of Dan and just be­fore he raced in the Se­nior TT. Ryan joined Richard and Leanne to re­ceive the Spirit of TT award, as voted for by road rac­ing fans.

Prince Wil­liam chats to of­fi­cials on the is­land The Kneens were given the ‘Spirit of the TT’ award

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