Marshalls Pay respect to Lee Vernon

On Thursday 9th august, motor cycle racing lost one of its brightest up and coming stars, Lee Vernon, a 24 yr old motor cycle mechanic from Stoke on Trent, who not only was an up and coming rider in the sport of Road Racing, but was one of the nicest, friendliest persons one could ask to meet.

His accident during the Dundrod 150 race cast a cloud over what was otherwise a very successful meeting.

Lee, known to many as “ The Flying Oatcake” crashed at high speed at Rock Bends, and despite the immediate response from the Marshalls at the scene and with the best of Medical attention, he sadly passed away almost 24hrs later.

His family agreed to go along with Lee’s wishes for his organs to be donated, so his memory will live on.

On Saturday morning, prior the start of the race, a minutes silence was held in memory of Lee, and at the spot where he crashed, the Marshalls who attended the scene of the accident, some of whom were personal friends of Lee, paid their own mark of respect to their fallen hero, by laying flowers at the scene..

Speaking on behalf of the Marshalls, Anton wished to convey their Deepest Sympathies to the Vernon Family and friends.

Photo;( c/o Alan Armstrong)

Marshalls who attended the incident, pay their Respect to Lee Vernon.


From Left to Right;

Peter Dyson, Paul Quinn, Hazel Turner, Joanne Sweeney, Michael Hill, Laim Hartley, Anton Martin, Stevie Blair and Colin Hill.

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Meath man on the comeback trail

Meath man on the comeback trail:

Stamullen native Alan Bonner is set for a busy season of racing after taking delivery of a new Honda Superbike. The 28 year old ex-plasterer has had a couple of seasons to forget due to injuries suffered at a round of the Adelaide Masters in Mondello Park when he broke both wrists and machine issues on his ex-Gary Johnson Superstock Honda. After a hard winter of physical training to get him ready for the season ahead, Bonner took the decision to sell the Superstock machine and purchase an ex-CD Racing Superbike.

The 2010 Senior Support Champion will now set his sights firmly on the Adelaide Masters Series which will be held over five weekends on both the Mondello Park and Bishopscourt circuits as well as returning to the North West 200 in May and the Ulster Grand Prix in August. Bonner competed at both of the International events in 2012 but suffered brake failure at the NW200 and at the UGP the mechanical gremlins resurfaced when a chain broke, meaning he missed most of the practice sessions. He did however complete two races at the UGP including a 7th place finish in the Dundrod Challenge and a 20th place in the UGP Superstock race, with a best lap of 124mph.

To get him ‘up to speed’, Bonner will get his season underway at the opening round of the Adelaide Masters Series in early April before heading to Northern Ireland for the Cookstown 100 at the end of the month, he will also contest selected national road races. With a busy season ahead, Bonner is ever grateful to his loyal band of sponsors and supporters: Armstrong Machinery, IC Racing, RB Motors, Mondello Park, Rooftech, NDM, Tolan Racing and Retink Graphics.

Alan Bonner: “I’m really looking forward to getting the season underway and can’t wait to get some miles in on the Superbike. The Superstock served me well but at the Internationals I was being passed as if I had left the handbrake on so the extra horsepower will be a big bonus. I had no luck at the internationals last year so there is a lot of unfinished business there but I’ll take my time to get dialled in with the new bike. I’m also looking forward to hopefully being able to run up front at the Adelaide Masters as well. I’d love to do the TT but at the minute the cost is prohibitive, fingers crossed we can go there in 2014.”





Words: Aidan Lynam

Photographs: Eoghan Tolan



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