Paul Owen awarded 'The Spirit Of The TT'

Welsh racer recognised for helping injured Kiwi friend

A MOTORBIKE racer has been recognised for his efforts to help a fatally injured friend in this year's Isle of Man TT races.

Paul Owen selflessly gave up his chances in this year's second Supersport race to help injured Kiwi racer and friend Paul Dobbs.

Mr Dobbs was killed instantly when he crashed his bike at Ballagarey - the same section of track on which Guy Martin crashed in the Senior TT.

Mr Owen was later presented with “The Spirit Of The TT” for coming to the aid of his friend.

Speaking about the incident, Mr Owen said: “Paul was just ahead of me and went round a blind bend. Very quickly afterwards the marshalls started to wave flags, indicating danger.

“I braked hard and when I got around the corner saw Paul had crashed.”

And on receiving the award, he continued: “When I was told about receiving “The Spirit Of The TT”, initially I didn’t want it. But on reflection I decided to take it in honour of Paul and as a tribute to him, a wonderful man and rider.

“He is very sadly missed by his family and friends. He will also be greatly missed by the sport, but this was something he loved doing and we all know the risks that are involved.”

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