BREAKING: Much loved motorcycle champ killed in horror Isle of Man TT crash

RACER Daley Mathison has tragically died aged 27 after a crash at the Isle of Man TT.

The BMW rider crashed during the opening RST Superbike race this morning.

He was on lap three at Snugborough on the approach to Union Mills – resulting in a red flag and the session being halted.

Mathison’s wife confirmed the tragic news by posting a message on his Twitter account.

It said: “Not something I ever wanted to write but here we go…..Daley, as Daisy says, is now sleeping with the fairies.

“That’s all I can bring myself to say right now.

“The last image I saw of my husband, was of a man so happy with life and so proud of his racing.”

Mathison, from Stockton in the north-east, made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2014.

He is a successful racer having won the Ultra Lightweight race at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2014.

The star also achieved a three-time podium finisher at the TT in the Zero race, earning a runner-up finish last year following two third place results in 2016 and 2017.

Mathison was competing in all five categories this year at the TT.

He was combining his BMW superbike and supersport commitments with riding for WH Racing Yamaha and Kawasaki in the supersport and lightweight classes respectively.

More to follow…