Isle of Man TT newcomer Franck Petricola died following a crash at Sulby Crossroads Wednesday night during the timed qualifying session. The 32-year-old French rider was making his TT debut this year.
According to a statement issued by ACU Events Ltd: “Petricola was a regular competitor in the IRRC Championship and enjoyed his best season in 2013 with 11th overall in the Superbike category. His best result, sixth, came at Chimay and he ended the year strongly with six successive top ten finishes and took a brace of thirds in the Lightweight Races at Horice and Terlicko.”
“He was due to make his TT debut in 2014 but was injured in the North West 200 meeting earlier in the month and was forced to withdraw from last year’s event. He returned to full fitness and raced at Scarborough and the North West 200 where he finished 25th in the Superstock race and 21st in the Superbike Race.”
The Isle of Man TT Races Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson also paid tribute to Petricola. He said:
“Franck showed incredible character to battle back from the serious injuries he suffered at the North West 200 last year when many a lesser man would have given up the challenge but it showed his determination to compete on the mountain course. The road racing community has lost a remarkable man and I extend my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.”