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Dean Martin: 'Catastrophic' engine failure caused fatal crash

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Image caption Race organisers said 58-year-old Dean Martin from the Isle of Man was a long-time competitor

A motorcyclist died after his engine seized at high speed in the pre-TT races on the Isle of Man, an inquest has found.

Dean Martin, 58, from Santon, died in a crash on the Billown course in the 850cc classic practice on 27 May.

Douglas Court House heard the racing bike suffered a "catastrophic engine failure" causing him to skid along the road before hitting a wall.

Coroner of Inquests John Needham recorded a verdict of misadventure.

He added that Mr Martin, a self-employed communications manager, would have died instantly.

A vehicle examiner checks on his bike prior to the session found nothing wrong with it.

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Image caption The crash happened at Billown Dip during a practice session for the TT classic race

Race organisers said Mr Martin was a long-time competitor on the Billown Course on both classic and modern machines.

He died from massive blunt force trauma.

The court heard that while the race marshals were dealing with the fatal incident, another rider, Jamie O'Brien, rode into the area and also crashed.

Mr O'Brien, from Liverpool, was airlifted to Aintree hospital with a badly injured leg.

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