On June 3 2019, during the third lap of the first Isle of Man TT Superbike race, 27-year-old Daley Mathison crashed at the Snugborough section of the course. He tragically died, leaving behind a young family, and his name was added to a sobering list of 258 riders killed since racing started on the island in 1907.
In the immediate aftermath of the ACU-issued statement confirming Mathison's death on that Monday afternoon, there were calls to ban the TT.
Motorsport is an inherently dangerous activity. It means taking high-powered machinery around fast circuits, often with other competitors swarming around. Motorcycle road racing is perhaps the peak of motorsport's danger. The asphalt run-offs and air fence-lined FIM Grade A and FIA Grade 1 tracks of circuit racing are swapped for brick walls, hedges and other assorted street furniture, all being passed by riders going at frightening speeds.