Trib­utes are paid to racer, 26, killed in crash on Isle of Man

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TRIB­UTES HAVE BEEN pour­ing in for East York­shire’s James Cowton, who died af­ter crash­ing dur­ing a race on the Isle of Man.

The 26-year-old from Kil­ham, near Bridling­ton, suf­fered fa­tal in­juries on Thurs­day af­ter he was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent be­tween four bikes at the South­ern 100 meet­ing.

Friends and fans of Mr Cowton paid trib­ute to a “lovely guy on and off the track”, say­ing he was “one of nicest most down-toearth yet mega-tal­ented lads.”

The tragedy comes just days af­ter the death of William Dun­lop, 32, who was tak­ing part in the Sk­er­ries 100 mo­tor­cy­cle road race in County Dublin when he crashed last Satur­day.

One of the three other rid­ers in­volved in the crash at Sta­dium Bends dur­ing the 600cc Chal­lenge Race, Lin­colnshire racer Ivan Lintin, 33, a reg­u­lar at the Isle of Man TT races, is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

An­other of the rid­ers, Jamie Cow­ard, tweeted yes­ter­day that he had “bro­ken fin­gers and an ex­tremely sore back” but felt “ex­tremely lucky.”

He added: “I’d like ev­ery­ones thoughts and prayers like mine to be with my friends and there fam­ily’s (sic) at this tough time.”

The fourth rider, Mickey Evans, suf­fered leg and arm in­juries.

The or­gan­is­ers of Thurs­day’s race, the South­ern 100 MCRC, ex­tended its con­do­lences to fam­ily and friends, say­ing they were car­ry­ing out a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion with Isle of Man Con­stab­u­lary on be­half of the coro­ner.

At last year’s South­ern 100 meet­ing, Mr Cowton had set a new track record for the 650 class and claimed three sec­ond places, one third, one fourth, two fifths and a sixth-place fin­ish.

Ul­ster Grand Prix, where Mr Cowton won the 250 Light­weight race in 2014, said he would be “an­other man greatly missed in the pad­dock.”

In one post, a fan said he would “ride high” with other tal­ented young rid­ers who have died in crashes in re­cent years, in­clud­ing Mr Dun­lop and Daniel He­garty, 31, who died in last Novem­ber’s Ma­cau Mo­tor­cy­cle Grand Prix.

She added: “You were all ded­i­cated to the sport, thank you for giv­ing it your all.”

An­other wrote: “You in­spired so many. A tal­ent that won’t be for­got­ten.”

Trib­utes have flooded in fol­low­ing his death dur­ing a race on Thurs­day.

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