American motor cycle racing rider Pat Hennen's condition is reported to be serious after his high-speed crash during Monday's (5 June) Isle of Man T.
American motor cycle racing rider Pat Hennen's condition is reported to be serious after his high-speed crash during Monday's (5 June) Isle of Man T.T. 500 cc race. Altogether, five people died in accidents during and after the racing.
SYNOPSIS: A circuit spokesman said Hennen, seen here preparing for the race, was still unconscious in hospital and was "very poorly".
The race was eventually won by Tom Herron from Northern Ireland. He took over the lead after Hennen crashed on the final lap. Britain's former World Champion, Mike Hailwood, finished well down the field.
He was forced into the pits with steering trouble on the second lap. Pat Hennen, who had been challenging for this year's World 500 c.c. Riders' Championship, was reported to have multiple lacerations, but no fractures.
After his crash, three competitors died in two separate accidents in the sidecar event. The Clerk of the Course said there would be an investigation into both crashes by the Auto Cycle Union, the race organisers and the Manx Police.And another fatal accident occurred only a few hours' later, when two motor cycle enthusiasts were killed after the roads had been opened to normal traffic.
The 37-and-three-quarter mile (61 kilometre) mountain course is noted for its dangers and more than 100 riders have died in crashes on the circuit. Last year, a number of riders refused to ride on the course because, they claimed, it was not as safe as conventional Grand Prix circuits.
Tom Herron won the race at record speed, covering the 226 mile (363 kilometres) in two hours, one minute, 33.4 seconds. It was his second victory in the event and his third over the Isle of Man course.