Memorial plaque to Manx Grand Prix rider unveiled
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Memorial plaque to Manx Grand Prix rider unveiled

Friends and supporters of Neil Kent unveiled a memorial plaque to the rider who died in an accident in the Manx Grand Prix last year.

Neil, 49, was a regular rider in the event for more than 20 years and was also a familiar figure in the paddock working with sponsor Dennis Trollope.

In 2010 he won the lightweight race on his Yamaha TZ250 after competing in the event since 1986. This was his first victory on the Mountain Course.

Neil, who came from from Boston in Lincolnshire, was killed in an incident at Greeba Bridge during practices while riding his 250cc Yamaha in the Junior session.

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REMEMBERING NEIL: Friends and supporters listen as the memorial to Neil Kent, is unveiled.
Speaker was Paul Collins

The previous year he also won the John Goodall Spirit of the Manx Award, which recognises sportsmanship, endeavour and commitment which embodies the true spirit of sportsmanship in the races.

The plaque was unveiled on Sunday and can be seen on the wall of the Sulby Glen Hotel on the TT course.

After his death, Bill Bennett, then chairman of MGP organising body the Manx Motorcycle Club, said: ‘Neil was a hugely popular competitor at the Manx Grand Prix and his victory after almost 25 years of racing in the meeting was universally popular. He was also a hugely appropriate choice for last year’s John Goodall Spirit of the Manx award. He will be sorely missed.’

By John Turner

(This post was last modified: 06-08-2012, 11:20 AM by Malcolm.)
06-08-2012, 11:19 AM
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