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Manx GP competitor Ian Bainbridge, 69, dies after Senior Classic practice accident

Ian Bainbridge [credit - Manx Grand Prix]

Organisers for the 2023 Manx Grand Prix have confirmed competitor Ian Bainbridge, 69, has died following an incident during second qualifying for this year’s event.

The 69-year old from Barnard Castle sustained fatal injuries in the accident on the exit of Kirk Michael village on his first lap of Tuesday’s [22 August] timed session.

Statement from Manx Grand Prix Races


“The organisers of the Manx Grand Prix Races are saddened to confirm that Ian Bainbridge, 69, from Barnard Castle, was killed in an accident during the second qualifying session for the 2023 event. 

“The accident occurred on the exit of Kirk Michael village on his first lap of the session.

Ian made his Mountain Course debut in 2005 and had been a regular competitor in the classic racing classes ever since, only missing the Manx Grand Prix on two occasions in that time. 

“His best performance came in the 2010 Classic Senior Manx Grand Prix when he finished in 8th place.

“The Manx Grand Prix pass on their deepest sympathy to Ian’s family, loved ones, and friends.”

Ian Bainbridge is the second person to pass away following an accident since this year’s centenary Manx Grand Prix kicked off on Sunday. Gary Vines, 33, succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash during Sunday’s practice session.

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