Racer sues Suzuki over 'defective' frame

Manx Grand Prix racer seeks £300,000 compensation after his bike's frame splits in two

A MOTORCYCLE racer is seeking more than £300,000 compensation from Suzuki Motorcycles after he was involved in a crash on the Isle of Man in August 2006.

Alan Jackson, of New Longton, near Preston, Lancashire, was riding in practice for the Manx Grand Prix, when his bike's frame allegedly split in two.

Now the 29-year-old is suing Suzuki for damages, saying the frame of his GSX-R750 motorbike was defective.

Jackson says Suzuki were negligent, claiming the frame's welds were not strong enough, and that the company failed to carry out suitable testing of the frame.

Jackson has retired from his £40,000-a-year job on grounds of ill health.