Isle of Man TT Racer Remembered
Isle of Man TT racer remembered
Dobbs, also known by his nickname Dobsy, died June 10 in a crash during the second Supersport race at the 2010 Isle of Man TT. Dobbs family is inviting the public to attend his funeral June 21 in Douglas, Isle of Man. Those attending are asked to dress as Dobsy would recognize you team shirts and marshal jackets very welcome.
After the service, riders will form a motorcycle escort for Dobbs hearse to the Lonan Church for the interment.
In a statement released earlier in the week, Dobbs wife Bridget thanked New Zealand racer Bruce Anstey who dedicated his third place finish in the Senior TT to his fallen countryman. Dobbs friend and rival Paul Owen also received thanks for his actions following the crash.
Also competing in the second Supersport race, Owen stopped his bike at the scene of the crash, abandoning his race, to assist marshals. Owens took a race marshals yellow flag and took over his duties so the marshal could attend to Dobbs. For his actions, Owens was awarded the inaugural Spirit of the TT Award, created to award selfless contribution to the Isle of Man TT.
Paul was perhaps Dobsys greatest rival and friend at the TT. They were very evenly matched and Dobsy measured his performance against Pauls. They invariably got together soon after a practice or race to share their experiences. Pauls selfless and big hearted action on Thursday moves me beyond words. Without hesitation, he did everything in his power to try to help Dobsy. Paul truly embodies the spirit of the TT and I wish the award could be named after him for posterity.
Dobbs team, Hallett Aviation Racing, has announced it is withdrawing from all competition. The decision follows team owner Neil Halletts long-time policy to stop competing if any of the teams riders were to be injured racing.
Dobbs is survived by his wife and daughters Eadlin and Hillberry who shares her name with a corner on the Isle of Man TTs mountain course.
Austrian racer Martin Loicht also died in a separate crash during the race. No funeral announcements have been announced.
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