MONTH IN BIKES

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Road rac­ing’s dark month, plus Du­cati re­veal a limited edi­tion Mon­ster 1200

WIL­LIAM DUN­LOP and James Cow­ton lost their lives to road rac­ing ac­ci­dents last month, at Sk­er­ries and the South­ern 100 re­spec­tively. Dun­lop was prac­tic­ing for Sk­er­ries on his re­turn to the roads af­ter pulling out of the TT early in prac­tice week to be with his preg­nant wife. Wit­ness re­ports sug­gest he dam­aged his sump or drain plug, and crashed on his own oil, though in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue and an of­fi­cial re­port is yet to be re­leased. He suf­fered fa­tal head in­juries and was pro­nounced dead shortly af­ter. He was 32. Just weeks later, a four-bike crash in­volved James Cow­ton, Ivan Lintin, Jamie Coward and Mickey Evans. Coward and Evans es­caped with mi­nor in­juries, but ris­ing roads star Cow­ton died in an am­bu­lance shortly af­ter. He was 26. As PB went to print, Lintin re­mained in ‘crit­i­cal but sta­ble’ con­di­tion. We have ev­ery­thing crossed for his full re­cov­ery.

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