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Isle of Man TT rider died from 'blunt-force trauma'

Dean Martin Image copyright Steve Babb
Image caption Race organisers said 58-year-old Dean Martin from the Isle of Man was a long-time competitor on the Billown Course on classic and modern machines

A rider who was killed in a crash during the pre-TT races died of "massive blunt force trauma", an Isle of Man inquest has been told.

Dean Martin, 58, from Santon, died in a crash on the Billown course in the 850cc classic practice on 27 May.

Inquiries surrounding the self-employed communications manager's death are continuing.

Coroner John Needham also opened inquests into deaths of two TT visitors at Douglas Court House earlier.

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Image caption Shaun Watkinson from Bolton (LHS) and Frank Robinson from Hull were visiting the Isle of Man for the annual TT motorcycling festival

Shaun Watkinson, 55, a Project Manager from Bolton, died in a crash on 2 June.

Police said Mr Watkinson was riding his BMW motorbike when it crashed with a Citroen car on the A18 Mountain Road at about 06:45 BST.

Coroner Needham said the cause of death was "massive blunt force trauma".

Frank Robinson, 67, a managing director from Hull, died in a crash on 3 June.

Mr Robinson, who ran 5-Ways Motorcycles, died when his Triumph motorcycle crashed with a Suzuki motorcycle on the A1 near Tynwald Hill in St John's at about 17:30 BST.

Coroner John Needham said Mr Robinson, who had visited the TT for more than 50 years, died from chest injuries.

All inquests have been adjourned until a date to be fixed.

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