2022 Isle of Man TT | Mark Purslow killed after crash in qualifying

Isle of Man TT organisers confirm the death of Mark Purslow, 29, following a crash during the fourth evening of qualifying around the Mountain Course

Mark Purslow, Isle of Man TT

2022 Isle of Man TT competitor Mark Purslow has died after succumbing to injuries sustained in an accident during Wednesday evening’s fourth qualifying session.

The 29-year old from Llanon, Ceredigion in Wales died on his third lap of the evening after an incident in the Ballagarey section, ahead of the fourth mile marker on the 37.7-mile Mountain Course.

Purslow’s - competing in only his second Isle of Man TT after making his event debut in 2017 - crash came after he achieved a new personal best speed of 120.86mph on Supersport machinery earlier in the evening. It was his first lap in excess of 120mph.

While a relative newcomer to the TT itself, Purslow was a seasoned competitor around the Mountain Course, making his first appearance at the 2015 Manx Grand Prix, a debut he crowned with victory in the Lightweight Race. 

Graduating to the TT two years later, Purslow also notched up entries in the Classic TT - competing in 2016, 2018 and 2019 - as well as the 2019 Junior Classic TT, where he held a best result of 14th.

Purslow becomes the 152nd person to die as a result of injuries sustained competing at the Isle of Man TT, and the 259th killed on the Mountain Course (including Manx GP and Classic TT) since the circuit’s inception in 1907.

Full statement from Isle of Man TT organisers

The Isle of Man TT Races regrets to confirm that Mark Purslow, 29, from Llanon, Ceredigion was killed in an incident during the fourth qualifying session of the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races. The accident occurred at Ballagarey, before the fourth mile marker, on his third lap of the session.

Mark made his first appearance on the TT Mountain Course at the 2015 Manx Grand Prix where he won the Lightweight Race on his debut. He graduated to the Isle of Man TT Races in 2017, competing in the Supersport and Lightweight classes – 2022 was his second TT.

Mark was also an experienced classic racer, competing at the Classic TT in 2016, 2018, and 2019, with a best result of 14th in the 2019 Junior Classic TT.

Mark had set his fastest ever lap of the TT Mountain Course at 120.86mph earlier in the session, his first lap in excess of 120mph.

The Isle of Man TT Races pass on their deepest sympathy to Mark’s family, friends, and loved ones.


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