Sheffield TT racer Karl Harris ‘lost control’

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A Sheffield motor racer killed at the Isle of Man TT died as a result of a tragic accident, an inquest heard.

Karl Harris, aged 34, died when his Kawasaki ZX10 collided with fellow racer Joe Faragher’s Honda Fireblade, which he had caught up with on the second lap on the world famous Mountain Course.

Recording a misadventure verdict on the three-time British Supersport Champion, Isle of Man Coroner John Needham said: ”There was a racing incident which may have involved an error of judgement and, travelling at those speeds, matters can be very unforgiving once control is lost.”

Evidence from accident investigator PC Michael Crompton found rubber tyre marks on the nearside swinging arm of Mr Faragher’s bike which may have come from the front tyre of Mr Harris’s Kawasaki.

There were also tyre marks on the fork leg and front mudguard of Mr Harris’s bike, possibly from the back tyre of Mr Faragher’s bike.

The court heard Mr Harris was declared dead at the scene from multiple injuries.

Mr Faragher, who was present in the coroner’s court, was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.