Rider Paul Dobbs' widow describes 'hollow' Isle of Man TT
The widow of a TT rider who was killed during a 2010 race has spoken of the "hollow experience" of visiting the circuit this year.
Paul Dobbs, 39, from New Zealand, died in a crash at Ballagarey during the second Supersport race in June 2010.
His widow Bridget has flown over to the island to visit his grave and attended a memorial event on Mad Sunday.
Despite the presence of many friends on the island she told the BBC that TT 2011 had been a difficult time.
"Going to the racetrack is a sort of a hollow experience at the moment for me," she said.
"You go there and it's great while you are chatting with people and catching up, but when you've done that it's like 'Well, what now?'
"There's something missing."
Mr Dobbs, from Onewhero, was a regular and popular competitor at the TT and is buried on the island.
On Mad Sunday the circuit is opened to motorcyclists to allow them to travel on the same tarmac as the Superbike riders in the TT.