Gone with the Greats: Isle of Man TT claims two of its own

The motorcycle racing industry has just lost two key members of its heritage in the Isle of Man TT – and with that news comes a slight misunderstanding.

According to the report of Multi-channel networkthe first lap of the opening sidecar race saw Frenchman Olivier Lavorel sustain serious injuries at the scene, with driver César Chanel succumbing to the incident.

The news comes with a bit of confusion; apparently the two TT newcomers had originally swapped dog tags before the race, which led to misidentification of the men after the accident itself.

A view of Cesar Chanel and Olivier Lavorel in the sidecar category opening race for the Isle of Man TT. Media sourced from The Mirror.

With the late ‘Lavorel’ then confirmed to be the hapless Chanel, the real Lavorel was rushed to hospital, where he eventually (and more recently) gave in to the damage done.

“The Isle of Man TT Races are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sidecar competitor Olivier Lavorel, of Sillingy, France,” reads the official press release.

“Olivier was seriously injured in an incident on the opening lap of the first sidecar race of the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races on Saturday June 4. The accident happened at Ago’s Leap, just under 1 mile into the course, and also cost the life of Olivier’s teammate, César Chanel.

A view of Cesar Chanel and Olivier Lavorel in the sidecar category opening race for the Isle of Man TT.  Media sourced from MCN.
A view of Cesar Chanel and Olivier Lavorel in the sidecar category opening race for the Isle of Man TT. Media sourced from MCN.

“Olivier was airlifted to hospital in Liverpool before being transferred to a hospital in France at the end of June where his treatment continued… Olivier and César [won] numerous victories and podiums in the French Sidecar F1 and F2 Championships.

Our deepest condolences to Lavorel’s family and loved ones during this time; just as we here at WBW seek to inspire new generations of riders, we also see it as our duty to cover the widest possible spectrum of the motorcycle industry – and that includes unfortunate news like this -this.

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*Media from Multi-channel networkas well as ITV HUB and The Mirror*

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