BOSTON motorbike racer Neil Kent has died while taking part in the Manx Grand Prix qualifiers.
Mr Kent, 49, was passionate about the event, which he had been competing in since 1986.
He won the lightweight race in last year’s championship.
Bill Bennett, chairman of the Manx Motor Cycle Club, said: “Neil was an enormously popular competitor at the Manx Grand Prix and his victory after almost 25 years of racing in the meeting was well deserved.
“He was also a hugely appropriate choice for last year’s John Goodall ‘Spirit of the Manx’ award.
“He will be sorely missed.”
It is understood that Mr Kent, from Boston, was killed in an incident at Greeba Castle during last night’s qualifying session.
Mr Kent was practicing on his 250cc Yamaha in the Junior session, which started just after 18.20hrs.
Mr Kent, who was single, ran the George W. Kent Electrical store in the town.