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Misadventure verdicts at MGP inquests

Wed, 22 Jun 2011

Verdicts of misadventure have been recorded at an inquest into the deaths of two Manx Grand Prix competitors.

28 year old Jamie Adam from Prestwick and 39 year old Chris Bradshaw from Tamworth were competing in the junior race on 1st September 2010 when they were involved in a crash at Alpine.

Marshals at the scene said Mr Adam's bike had appeared to be off the normal racing line before it hit the kerb.

The machine went out of control and hit the back of Mr Bradshaw's bike.

Mr Adam died at the scene and Mr Bradshaw was pronounced dead in hospital.

No mechanical defects were found when either of the bikes were examined afterwards.

A footrest on Mr Adam's bike was found to have 'sheared' but it wasn't clear if this was before or after the crash.

Mr Adam's visor was looked at and was covered in dead insects, whereas the other rider's visor was clear as he'd been using tear offs.

The sun shining through the trees on the Alpine section of the course may have also affected competitor's vision.

Coroner of Inquests Alistair Montgomerie said it would never be known whether any of these could be blamed for Mr Adam's bike leaving the racing line.

The inquiry heard tributes to both men from their families.

Jamie Adam had joined the Royal Navy when he left school and had done two tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan he narrowly escaped being hurt during a motar attack.

A statement from his Mum said he was a wonderful son, brother and friend.

Chris Bradshaw had also been in the military and did two tours of Northern Ireland before joining the police.

He'd received a commendation after chasing armed robbers on his motorbike, whilst being shot at.

Mr Bradshaw first competed in the Manx Grand Prix in 2004 had promised his partner he would give up road racing after competing in the 2010 TT.

However, he was injured in practices and instead decided to take part in the Manx Grand Prix.









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