The 2013 Isle of Man TT has been darkened by the death of Japanese motorcycle rider Yoshinari Matsushita. During qualifying, 43-year-old Matsushita crashed on Ballacrye corner and passed away due to his injuries. In 2011, Bill Currie and Kevin Morgan died after their sidecar machine crashed in the same location. An investigation into Matsushita's accident has been launched.

Auto Cycle Union Events, the organizing body behind the Isle of Man TT, said in a statement that it passes its deepest sympathy to Matsushita's family and friends. quoted Gary Thompson, Clerk of the Course for ACU as saying, "Yoshi was a really popular competitor who had a large number of friends in the TT Races paddock. He was a genuine and friendly character who always had time for everyone. He will be sorely missed."

Matsushita is the 240th fatality attributed competing in the Isle of Man TT since the race began in 1911. A total of 21 people have died in competition since 2000.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      His own words - I’m sorry, friends, that I can’t be with you here today. If you’re all gathered reading this, it means I’ve passed away. But if I were there I’d tell you not to shed a tear or frown. I’d tell you just to simply say, “Another Biker has gone down. If I were there I’d tell you I have no more pain or strife, That I loved my friends and family, and I a wonderful life. If I were there, I’d tell you how I loved how riding makes me feel, I loved the twisty and fast roads, and the power at the back wheel. There's nothing else quite like it To make you feel alive, To get that bend just right, and exit throttle on and drive, I'm sorry I've gone early and I will miss you all, but In my last moments I was happy, and that's the best way to fall.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is one sick race...and "only" 240 fatalities since 1911...I am surprised the number is not higher. You have to have "BIG" cojones to race there....RIP kid.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, the riders who participate in the TT have balls the size of church bells. Dangerous and fast, this race is a throw back to old days...No compromises. Brave men accepting the risks... Hanging it out there knowing they may not come back.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rest In Peace...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everybody needs to see Closer to the Edge (if you havent already), documentary on one riders experience of the TT...eye opening and amazing really
      • 2 Years Ago
      To begin with , He was a very good rider , RIP. then for all the one claiming to be expert and criticizing the event to include the writer of this article allow me to educate your ignorance , the Isle of man TT is a race on it's own , not on any calendar , not recognize by the international federation , Just like Bonneville . Any rider entering know the limitations and risks , it is a road race European format , no foam around the tree that line the road , no safety barrier on the rock wall , you fall you will get hurt and badly one of the reason they have Helicopter on stand by all the time . What you do not know either about the Isle of Man , it is where US Corporation are hiding their asset from both US and European regulators ......Among them Apple .
      • 2 Years Ago
      hello to all, my prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult hour. may the Holy Spirit give you comfort as you grieve. regards, vrmchris
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Isle of Man is crazy dangerous. I am suprised more haven't died in this race over the years.
      Michael Bagguley
      • 2 Years Ago
      rip matsu. people must remember he did what he enjoyeyed doing. the tt racees are by far the most exciting of all motor sport races and he died doing some thing he enjoyed doing.think about all the people lost on the worlds mountains since 1911 it will be in there thousands by now.the man had loads of bottle without dowt.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      My condolences to his near and dear ones.May he rest in peace.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I\'ve never seen the Isle of Man TT in person, but from the videos of it, all I have to say is, it is amazing that only 240 people have died so far. They are going so fast and the track has so many spots where a single point of failure means death. I used to race motocross and we took some risks, but these guys go into this with their eyes open, so more power to them, so to speak.
      Mr. Erbaugh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every person who races any type of vehicle understands the risks. Sorry to hear about this tragedy . . .
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