Franck Petricola Isle of Man TT Fatal Crash
Tragedy struck the Isle of Man TT Wednesday evening during qualifying for the 104th edition of the iconic race held on the Mountain Course since 1911. Newcomer Franck Petricola of France died following a crash.
While piloting his Ice Valley Racing BMW S1000RR, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU) says Petricola crashed at Sulby Crossroads near mile 19 of the 37.73-mile Mountain Course. The ACU says Petricola, 32, of Pont a Mousson, wrecked around 7:45 p.m.
Petricola became the 243rd rider to perish in both TT and Manx Grand Prix races since the events begin on the Isle of Man in 1911.
The ACU reports that Petricola competed in the IRRC Championship, achieving a season best of 11th overall in the Superbike point standings (2011). His best result, sixth, came at Chimay and he ended the year strongly with six successive top 10 finishes and took a brace of thirds in the Lightweight Races at Horice and Terlicko, the ACU reports.
Petricola was scheduled to debut at the Isle of Man TT last year, but was sidelined due to an injury sustained at the North West 200. The ACU says Petricola returned to full fitness and raced at Scarborough and the North West 200 where he finished 25th in the Superstock race and 21st in the Superbike Race.
The ACU reports crash is currently under investigation by the Coroner of Inquests. The staff at Ultimate MotorCycling shares its deepest condolences to Petricola’s family and friends.
Petricola became the fourth rider to perish at the Isle of Man TT since 2013. At last year’s TT, two racers perished in single-motorcycle crashes on the Isle of Man – Bob Price and three-time World Supersport Champion Karl Harris.
Price, 64, of Gloucester, died followed a wreck at Ballaugh during the Monster Energy Supersport 1 race. Harris, 34, of Sheffield, crashed at Joey’s (26th Milestone dedicated to 26-time TT winner Joey Dunlop) during the RL360 Superstock TT.
In the 2013 TT, Yoshinari Matsushita, 43, of Japan, was killed following a crash at Ballacrye in the north section of the Isle of Man during practice