Karl Harris Dies: Supersport Champion Killed During Isle of Man Race

Karl Harris, the three-time British Supersport champion, was killed in a race on Tuesday, according to reports.

Harris was 34 years old when he died on the Isle of Man TT Race. An incident on the second lap of the race caused him to crash, killing him.

Crash.net reported that the accident took place on the Mountain Course on the second lap. 

“ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Karl Harris, 34, from Sheffield was killed during the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT races today following an incident at Joey’s on the second lap of the race,” reads a statement released by the event organizers on Tuesday. “Harris, a professional Motorbike racer, made his TT races debut in 2012. He was a triple British Supersport Champion and British Superbike podium finisher.”

It adds: “Harris appeared on the racing scene as a teenager in the 1990s, when he rode for Team Great Britain in the Superteen Championship. From there, Harris went on to win the 1999 European Superstock 1000cc Championship before spending a season in the World Supersport Championship.”

“He was best known for his British Championship career. He was the dominant force in the British Supersport Championship in the early 2000s before becoming a prominent front-runner in the Superbike class for the factory Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha teams. Harris won three British Supersport Championships between 2001 and 2004, the first for Crescent Suzuki and the remaining two for Honda Racing, before progressing full time to the premier Superbike category in 2005. His best season came in 2006 when he finished in fifth place overall recording six podiums. In total, Harris notched up 12 BSB podiums.”

The ACU organizers said it “wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Karl’s family and friends.”