The Tourist Trophy has returned to offer us some entertainment two years post pandemic, but it ended up demonstrating the price that participating riders sometimes pay. Davy Morgan was one of them. A rider with years of experience and a constant presence in the Douglas Paddock for 20 years, unfortunately passed away today. The following is the statement issued by the organizer of the TT that has already had to write three similar message in an edition that was supposed to be a great party. It wasn’t the case, and the only thing we can hope for is that this will be the last one we read about.
“It is with a heavy heart that the Isle of Man TT Races confirm that Davy Morgan, 52, from Saintfield, Northern Ireland, was killed in an incident on the third and final lap of the first Supersport Race of the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races.
The Isle of Man TT Races offers their deepest sympathy to Davy’s partner Trudy, his family, loved ones, and friends.”
Davy was a veteran of the TT paddock, and 2022 marked 20 years since his first participation in the Isle of Man TT Races. Today's Supersport Race was his 80th start at the TT. His characteristic pink helmet was a constant and recognizable presence in road racing, having participated in hundreds of races, such as: Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT, Southern 100, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Macau Grand Prix, Oliver's Mount, and Irish national races, with numerous podiums and race victories throughout his career.
At the age of 52, Davy had thought about quitting the sport in recent years, but the hiatus caused by the COVID pandemic gave him a taste of what race-free life would be like. In 2020, Davy said: "This absence from racing has given me the opportunity to reflect on what motorcycle racing means to me, so I don't want to retire from this sport for a while, since it has been an important part of my life for 27 years. I got the opportunity to see how it would be without motorcycles, and I'm glad I did, because if I decided to stop, I would kick myself in the ass.”
Davy was a very respected and experienced rider. Consequently, his teammates admired him, wanted to emulate him, and loved to compete with him. He will be greatly missed.