A professional motorbike racer has died on the final lap of a race at the Isle of Man TT.
Spanish rider Raul Torras Martinez was riding for the Optimark Racing Team when he was come off his bike on Wednesday morning (AEST).
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Isle of Man TT organisers confirmed his death.
“With great sadness, the Isle of Man TT Races can confirm that Raul Torras Martinez, 46, from Sant Hilari Sacalm, Spain, was killed in an accident during the first Supertwin Race of the 2023 Isle of Man TT Races,” the organisers said in a statement.
“The accident occurred at Alpine, between the 16th and 17th mile markers, on the third and final lap of the race.
“Raul was an experienced TT competitor who made his debut in 2017, with a best result of 15th in last year’s Supertwin Race.
“He recorded his fastest ever lap of the TT Mountain Course earlier today in the Superstock Race, with a lap at an average speed of 125.470mph (202km/h) while securing a 20th-place finish.
“Raul was the fastest Spaniard ever to have lapped the TT Course.
“In total, Raul competed in 21 TT races and his performances earned him a total of 18 Bronze Replicas.
“The Isle of Man TT Races pass on their deepest sympathy to Raul’s family, friends, and loved ones.”
Tributes poured in on social media for the much loved motorsport star.
“My condolences to all family and friends, and a lot of strength to the whole team @TOLLRacingTeam,” a fan wrote on Twitter.
“A hug and a lot of strength in these hard times, friends! Gusts to heaven RIP Champion!”
“Tragic news. RIP Raul,” another person wrote.
Another commented: “Over the past two evenings I’ve been watching No Room For Error from 2022 and these dedicated motorcyclists know the dangers the Isle Of Man TT races come with, but it’s still very sad when you hear another competitor has died R.I.P #RaulTorrasMartinez.”
“I met Raúl several times in Spain and previously at the TT and am proud to call him a friend,” another supporter wrote.
“He was a true gent in every way and I will remember fondly the laughs we shared, especially at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.
“Rest peacefully amigo.”
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