Rest In Peace Dan Kneen – you will be remembered fondly by every racing fan to have had the privilege to have seen you race – and those who only heard.
ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Dan Kneen, 30, from Onchan in the Isle of Man died this evening following injuries sustained during the Superbike qualifying session on the Isle of Man.
Dan had an accident at Churchtown on the first lap of the session and died at the scene of the incident.
Dan made his mountain course debut at the Manx Grand Prix in 2008 and won an unprecedented three races – the Junior, the Newcomers C and the Ultra Lightweight MGP Races.
He achieved his first TT podium in last year’s Superstock Race, finishing third in the Superstock TT Race. He has a fastest official lap of 130.347mph which he set in last year’s Superstock Race and recorded a lap of 132.258mph (17:06.994) in last night’s Superbike qualifying session.
ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Dan’s partner Leanne, his family and his many friends in the road racing community and beyond.
‘Think of Dan and smile’ says his dad…
Read Mr Richard Kneen’s statement in full below:
“Hello every one thank you for your support at this sad time Dan lived for his racing and wild horses wouldn’t of torn him away from it. I was happy for him he was in his element and loving it my thoughts are for Leanne and my other son Ryan and our whole family. Dan would want us to be strong and for the Tyco team to crack on. They have my full backing. Let’s think of the happy times with Dan and smile when you think of him. Thanks to the marshals and medics and every one involved. Thinking of Steve Mercer as well. Best wishes for all the other TT competitors the TT show will go on. RIP my son Daniel Richard Kneen from DAD.”