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BMW Motorrad Motorsport

Isle of Man, 08/06/2016,

Sorrow at the loss of Paul Shoesmith

Tragic accident at the Isle of Man TT

It was with great dismay and sympathy that BMW Motorrad Motorsport received news of the death of Paul Shoesmith, who was killed in a crash at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy on Saturday evening. The 50-year-old crashed on the Sulby Straight while riding a 600cc Honda in the Supersport practice and subsequently died as a result of his injuries.

Therefore, the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family has lost one of its own: Shoesmith rode a BMW S 1000 RR in road races in the 1000cc Superbike and Superstock class. He was registered for the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy through the BMW Combined Road Race Challenge. Just a few hours before his fatal crash, he had contested the Superbike race in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, in which he finished 29th on his RR.

Shoesmith, known by everyone simply as “Shoey”, had competed on the Isle of Man since 2005. He owned the Ice Valley Four Anjels Racing Team, in which he not only rode himself, but also gave many riders the opportunity to take part in TT races with competitive material, and supported them as they took their first steps in international road racing. They include many riders in the current field. Many of his friends describe him as a “true gentleman” and an “inspiration”.

Shoesmith leaves behind his partner Janet and four children.

It was a very sad weekend for the international racing family, with Shoesmith and sidecar rider Dwight Beare dying in fatal crashes on Saturday on the Isle of Man, and the tragic death of Luis Salom, who crashed and died in Friday’s practice in the Moto2 World Championship in Barcelona.

The thoughts of BMW Motorrad Motorsport are with the relatives, friends and teams of the riders at this difficult time and would like to express its sincerest condolences.