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Oil spill threw rider from bike

John Goodall
John Goodall had competed in the race every year since 1983.

A motorcyclist was thrown from his machine after skidding on oil during a seniors race at the Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man, an inquest has heard.

A general warning flag was flown but nothing indicated the spillage until after John Goodall crashed.

The 67-year-old from Bletherston, near Haverfordwest was a regular competitor.

Isle of Man coroner Michael Moyle recorded a verdict of death by misadventure and said no one was to blame for the crash.

Just days before the race in August , Mr Goodall, an engineer, received the Spirit of the Manx award for his support for the competition.

He had been a regular competitor in the event since 1983.

He came off his bike at Ballacraine during this year's Senior Classic race on 25 August.

Witnesses said they saw oil on the road, but no flags indicating a spillage were displayed.

Seven witnesses gave evidence, including competitor Bill Swallow, who confirmed his bike left oil on the course, which led to Mr Goodall losing control of his machine moments later.

Three marshals based at Ballacraine explained separately how the "lack of adhesion" flag was not used until after Mr Goodall's accident, although the general warning flag was displayed.

Two spectators from England said the oil leak was obvious to them.

There was also criticism of a lack of hay bales at Ballacraine.

But Mr Moyle emphasised that no one was to blame for the crash.

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