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French racer died after crashing into wall

Franck Petricola

A French motorbike racer who died during a qualifying session at this year’s TT Races crashed into a stone wall.

The inquest into the death of 32-year-old Franck Petricola was officially opened at Douglas Courthouse today

He crashed at Sulby Crossroads during Superbike qualifying on June 3rd suffering massive blunt force trauma.

A post-mortem showed the TT newcomer, who was a car mechanic by trade, had suffered injuries to his head, thorax and abdomen.

His inquest has now been adjourned to a date to be fixed.


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