Isle of Man TT: Paul Dobbs Remembered

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The family of TT racer Paul Dobbs, who died while racing in the second Supersport TT, have paid an emotional tribute to the popular New Zealander. (Video from the ’09 TT)

‘Dobsy’ suffered fatal injuries in a crash at Ballagarey during Thursday’s race. His loss deeply upset the TT paddock and led to many tributes. During Friday’s Senior TT some riders wore black armbands in his memory and fellow Kiwi Bruce Anstey dedicated his third place to his late friend.

Wife Bridget issued a statement paying tribute to Dobbs, and thanks those who have supported his family and friends since the crash. It said the family were devastated, but adds they feel ‘that we are lucky in so many ways’.

Bridget Dobbs says: "Dobsy died doing what he most loved, in a place he loved and felt at home and surrounded by people he loved and admired. He died instantly and felt no pain. He had no knowledge of his end but was fully focussed on the bike and the race."

"After making a hard decision and missing the TT last year, I am thankful that I was here at this tragic time. We have been wholeheartedly supported by the whole racing community in both a professional and personal way. We held nothing back in pursuing Dobsy’s racing and so I need regret nothing. Our lives have been immeasurably enriched by the TT and the Isle of Man."

"I would like to thank Bruce Anstey who had Dobsy in his thoughts even in his moment of glory after the Senior TT."

Fellow racer Paul Owen stopped at the scene of the crash to assist marshals, meaning he abandoned his own racing ambitions to try and help another rider. His selfless actions were recongised with the presentation of the inaugural Spirit of the TT award.

Mrs Dobbs’ statement continues: "I would especially like to thank Paul Owen. Paul was perhaps Dobsy’s greatest rival and friend at the TT. They were very evenly matched and Dobsy measured his performance against Paul’s. They invariably got together soon after a practice or race to share their experiences. Paul’s selfless and big hearted action on Thursday moves me beyond words. Without hesitation, he did everything in his power to try to help Dobsy. Paul truly embodies the spirit of the TT and I wish the award could be named after him for posterity."

"This is a difficult time for Dobsy’s mother, Dawn. I hope that she can overcome and put aside her hurting. She helped to make Dobsy what he was and she should be very proud. Dobsy’s daughters, Eadlin and Hillberry, are two very special people. They have lived an honest and unsheltered life and I know they both understand exactly what this means. They will miss their Dad terribly and there will be some hard times over the coming weeks, months and years. But I also know that they have been shaped by having Dobsy in their lives and they are all the stronger, smarter and braver for that."

"He really spoilt my week but he has brought infinite joy, adventure and fun to our lives. He has energised and inspired. He will live forever in our esteem, our thoughts and our hearts."

"I know I speak for our team when I thank the Race Office for their full and continued support at this time. I also thank everyone who has been in touch with their kind words."

Bridget added funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised, but said: "Dobsy will stay on the Isle of Man which was what he always wanted. We cannot yet make detailed arrangements but we expect the funeral will be early in the week starting 21st June and we very much look forward to seeing everyone who is able to attend."

"Anyone who would like to provide a motorcycle escort will be greatly appreciated. We intend to celebrate his life not to mourn his parting. There will also be a memorial service in NZ at a later date."

Mrs Dobbs said Dobsy was ‘never overly fond of flowers’ so asked for donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the TT Riders’ Association, Rob Vine Fund or ACU Benevolent Fund.

Paul Dobbs TT Background

From Earl Shilton in Leicester, Paul Dobbs, a road rader, was married to Bridget. In 1997 he was first in the Australian 400 Class and the Formula 3 in New South Wales. In the 1998 Australian Championships he finished 2nd and 4th in Class. In the TT Races in 1999 he was the best Newcomer in the Lightweight 400 Race and in 2000 won a silver replica for his 6th place in the Lightweight 400. He has lapped the course at 101.90mph and his ambition is to better his Lightweight results. 

2010 TT Results

Supersport 1: 22nd – 31 Paul Dobbs 600cc Suzuki / Hallett Aviation/Road & Racing 18 55.12 119.660 01 17 06.04 117.446

360 Superstock: 23rd – 26 Paul Dobbs 1000cc Yamaha / Dave East Engineering 18 27.62 122.631 18 27.62 122.631

Superbike: 19th – 26 Paul Dobbs 1000cc Yamaha / Dave East Engineering 18 22.10 123.245 01 52 23.08 120.860

Paul Dobbs Past TT Results

TT2009 Dainese

Superbike TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2336Paul

Dobbs
1000cc

Yamaha
1:55:33.48 

117.541 

TT2009 Royal

London 360 Superstock TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2336Paul

Dobbs
1000cc

Yamaha
1:15:51.56 

119.368 

TT2009 Relentless

Supersport TT Race 1

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
4330Paul

Dobbs
600cc

Suzuki
1:19:17.01 

114.213 

TT2009 Relentless

Supersport TT Race 2

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
3130Paul

Dobbs
600cc

Suzuki
1:21:21.14 

111.308 

TT2009 TTXGP

Pro Class

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
514Paul

Dobbs
Htblauva0:36:10.63 

62.575 

TT2009 Pokerstars

Senior TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2336Paul

Dobbs
1000cc

Yamaha
1:55:24.14 

117.7 

TT2008 Dainese

Superbike TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2036Paul

Dobbs
1000

Suzuki K4
1:55:22.54 

117.727 

TT2008 Scottish

Life International Superstock TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2336Paul

Dobbs
1000

SUZUKI GSXR
1:16:51.42 

117.819 

TT2008 Relentless

Supersport Junior TT 1

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2124Paul

Dobbs
600

YAMAHA R6
1:18:5.34 

115.96 

TT2008 Relentless

Supersport Junior TT 2

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2624Paul

Dobbs
600

YAMAHA R6
1:19:8.05 

114.428 

TT2008 Dainese

Senior TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
1836Paul

Dobbs
1000

SUZUKI GSXR
1:54:40.03 

118.454 

TT2008 Steam

Packet Ultra Lightweight 125TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
930Paul

Dobbs
125

JACKSON HONDA
0:34:21.93 

89.043 

TT2007 Bennetts

Superbike TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2352Paul

Dobbs
Suzuki

GSXR 1000cc
1:56:44.25 

116.353 

TT2007 Pokerstars

Superstock TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2148Paul

Dobbs
Suzuki

GSXR 1000cc
1:16:32.94 

118.293 

TT2007 Pokerstars

Supersport TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2040Paul

Dobbs
Triumph

Daytona 675cc
1:17:19.07 

117.117 

TT2007 Pokerstars

Senior TT

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2052Paul

Dobbs
Suzuki

GSXR 1000cc
1:54:44.7 

118.374 

TT06 Jester

Interactive Superbike

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
3049Paul

Dobbs
1000

SUZUKI GSXR
1:58:20.88 

114.769 

TT06 Scottish

Life Int Superstock

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2748Paul

Dobbs
1000

SUZUKI GSXR
1:18:27.79 

115.407 

MGP06 Suites

Hotel Knowsley Senior Classic

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
DNF19Paul

Dobbs
500

Goldstar BSA
 

MGP06 Tower

Insurance Junior Classic

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
1321Paul

Dobbs
349

7R AJS
1:37:56.80 

92.45 

TT06 IOMSPC

Supersport

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2835Paul

Dobbs
675

Triumph Daytona
1:19:16.19 

114.232 

TT06 2e2

Senior

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
3952Paul

Dobbs
675

Triumph Daytona
1:58:54.6 

114.227 

TT05 Duke

TT Superbike

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2448Paul

Dobbs
900

Kawasaki ZX9
1:58:37.86 

114.496 

TT05 Scottish

Life Intl. TT Superstock

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
2045Paul

Dobbs
900

Kawasaki ZX9
58:53.40 

115.323 

MGP05 Suites

Hotel Knowsley Newcomers Senior Classic

PosnNoCompetitorMachineTimeSpeed
DNF29Paul

Dobbs
G50

Matchless