Formula One star Jenson Button and ex-Superbike world champion Troy Bayliss have paid tribute to Sheffield rider Karl ‘Bomber’ Harris after he died competing in an Isle of Man TT race.
Button took to Twitter to praise Karl, who died following a race accident on Tuesday. He was the second rider to die in as many days at the event following the death of 65-year-old Bob Price on Monday.
Former F1 world champion Button said: “Another legend lost to the Isle of Man TT.
“My thoughts are with all of Karl Bomber Harris’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Bayliss, three-time winner of the Superbike World Championship, said he would remember Karl for his ‘big smile’, as well as his racing ability.
Shaun Rose, owner of the Doncaster-based Moto-Breakers racing team Karl rode for, has also paid tribute to the three-time British Supersport champion.
He said he had been sharing a joke with him on the start line of the race, minutes before the fatal crash on the second lap.
Mr Rose said: “It is difficult to express our feelings.
“We were laughing and joking as I took him up to the start on the scooter. It’s difficult to take it in.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Karl’s family and friends.
“Karl was a great bloke, a talented rider and he was taken from us too soon.”
Karl was a professional motorbike racer and made his TT debut in 2012.
His former mechanic, Tom Larsen, said he thought of the Sheffield racer as ‘King Karl’.
“Everyone who had the pleasure to spend time with him will truly miss him,” he said.
Karl won three British Supersport Championship titles between 2001 and 2004.
An investigation has been launched into the circumstances of the accident that caused his death and the Coroner of Inquests has been informed of the death.
Enquiries are under way.