Family ‘shocked to the core’ at death of father and son Sidecar TT racers

Family of father and son Sidecar duo Roger and Bradley Stockton say they are 'shocked to the core' after their deaths while competing at the Isle of Man TT

Roger Stockton, Bradley Stockton - [credit: ABP Motorsport/Facebook]

The family of Roger and Bradley Stockton have expressed their shock at the death of the father and son pairing during the the second Sidecar race at the 2022 Isle of Man TT.

Roger, 56, and his 21-year old son Bradley, both from Crewe, were killed when the machine they were racing in was involved in an accident at Ago’s Leap during the second Sidecar TT race of the event on Friday 10 June.

They were the fourth and fifth competitors to be killed in accidents during what has been a particularly dark year for the Isle of Man TT, following Mark Purslow on 1 June (Supersport Practice), Cesar Chanel on 4 June (Sidecar Race 1), Davy Morgan on 6 June (Supersport Race 2). 

A total of 156 competitors have died as a result of incidents on the Isle of Man TT during its 107-year history.

While Roger Stockton was an experienced racer at the TT, this was his first appearance competing with his son, who was making his TT debut. The pair finished eighth in the first race held earlier in the week.

In a short statement posted to social media, Roger’s niece Rachel wrote: “Roger and Brad loved racing – it was their dream to race the TT together.

“They achieved eighth in the first race together and what a proud moment that was. Not only to lose one member of the family but two in the same incident has shocked us to the core.

“Thank you for everyone’s condolences. Ride in peace Uncle Roger and Bradley. Will be forever missed.”

The sentiments were shared by the ABP Motorsport team with whom the Stocktons were competing, who posted a statement on 10 June.

“The whole ABP family are absolutely devastated to share the news that ‘our Brad’ has sadly lost his life during today's TT sidecar race. 

"Following an accident on the 2nd lap both Brad and his dad Roger have sadly passed away. Brad was just 21 and was taking part in a sport that he loved - he was funny, brave, annoying, loved, brilliant, handsome and had his whole life ahead of him. He left us today alongside his father - pursuing a dream, a passion that brought both glory & danger."

"We all loved Brad and today has been one of the hardest days for me and ABP, we are a very close family and we now have a huge gaping devastating hole in our hearts. Fly high Bradley, ride fast and we all pray that you have gone to a better place. Gone but never ever forgotten."