Trevor Ferguson: Manx Grand Prix rider's death was misadventure

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Trevor Ferguson
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Mr Ferguson was married with three children

A Northern Irish rider killed whilst racing in the Manx Grand Prix died from massive internal injuries, an inquest has heard.

Trevor Ferguson from Castlecaulfield in County Tyrone crashed at the 'The Nook' on the approach to Governors Dip during the Supertwins race on 29 August.

Douglas Courthouse heard evidence from spectators, marshals, medics and police who attended the scene.

Coroner John Needham recorded a verdict of misadventure.

No-one else was involved in the accident.

The experienced racer had been in second place and vying for the lead on his dayglow orange, Kawasaki ER650 machine, when he crashed on the second lap.

'Wasn't moving'

The court heard how he had entered the right hand bend smoothly and at race speed before sliding with his machine into a bank on the inside of the corner.

A statement from David Park, a spectator who had been watching the racing from 'The Nook', said: "He appeared to be in complete control but then started drifting with the bike.

"Everything went into slow motion for me as I watched him slide and hit the bank.

"There was a loud thump and he was thrown with the bike straight up into the air and came down hard. He wasn't moving."

The court also heard statements from two brothers who were marshalling at the scene of the accident.

Shaun Brennan, who has been a marshal for more than 26 years, said: "The bike low sided and he hit the bank hard and was air born."

Mr Brennan's brother Anthony was the sector marshal on the day.

He said: "I called the paramedics and air ambulance immediately and yellow flagged the race. They were there within minutes and did everything they could to help".

'Loved racing'

Paramedics moved Mr Ferguson towards the air ambulance but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A report into the Kawasaki machine carried out by Barry Stephenson of the government's vehicle testing unit concluded that there were "no mechanical defects" and that the bike was "fully fit for racing prior to the collision".

The father of three made his debut at the Isle of Man event in 2006 and was described by Mr Needham as a "major part of the Manx Grand Prix family".

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Ryan Farquhar claimed his 10th Manx Grand Prix victory at the 2012 races

Mr Needham said: "He loved the event and he loved racing. His death is a tragic loss to the sport and I send my condolences to his family".

He went on to thank the marshals, paramedics and doctors who he said had "acted quickly and done all that they could to help Mr Ferguson".

The former winner of six Irish National Road races was the uncle of fellow road racer and three-time TT winner Ryan Farquhar.

Mr Farquhar had raced and won on the morning of his uncle's death. He retired from the sport the same day.

Members of Mr Ferguson's family were in court along with members of the Manx Grand Prix organising committee and the Isle of Man TT Marshalls Association.

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