Whether on TV or from the course, we watch the TT and marvel at the amazing skills of the drivers. Close to the hedge, even closer to an unforgiving stone wall and sections with a mountain on one side and nothing on the other. While amazing Peter Hickman’s lap record of 135.452 mph doesn’t tell the whole story. With speeds approaching 200 mph, decisions have to be made while traveling up to nearly 300 feet per second. Think about it, the length of a football pitch EVERY SECOND.
As they say – fast in the fast parts and slow in the slow parts, but with 264 turn there are many more fast than slow.
The riders, much like jet fighter pilots but with even less room for error have to rely on lap after lap after lap of practice, instinct and lightning fast reflexes. The course is unforgiving and there is no room for error.
But errors are made and friends are lost. On June 3, 2019 Daley Mathison made an error. No one will ever really know what happened, if it was the smallest error in his line, something mechanical or debris on the course, what we do know is that we lost an amazing young rider, a father, a husband and a friend.
I got to know Daley in 2018 and spent some time with him during practice week this year. Such a passionate young man, dedicated to the sport and even more dedicated to Natalie and Daisey. My heart goes out to his family and others who he touched.
Daley – rest in peace, you are missed.
I hope you enjoy a few of my photos of Daley and remembering him doing what he loved to do.