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British motorcyclist killed at the Isle of Man TT race chillingly posted about dying at the event just a year before.

Father-of-four Paul Shoesmith was killed during solo practice on the Sulby Straight of the island’s world famous course on Saturday night.

In June 2015 Mr Shoesmith, 50, paid his own tribute to Franck Petricola, a rider and friend who died at the same event and expressed doubts about continuing.

He wrote: “I’m still struggling to get my head around what happened, but it’s immaterial now because he’s gone.

“I would find it easy to pack up and go home but I don’t think that’s the answer.”

“We are at the TT, the most prestigious road race in the world, we all accept the dangers and if I lost my life here I would want the show to continue.”

A British motorcyclist killed at the Isle of Man TT race chillingly posted about dying at the event just a year before, Mirror.co.uk can reveal.

Father-of-four Paul Shoesmith was killed during solo practice on the Sulby Straight of the island’s world famous course on Saturday night.

In June 2015 Mr Shoesmith, 50, paid his own tribute to Franck Petricola, a rider and friend who died at the same event and expressed doubts about continuing.

He wrote: “I’m still struggling to get my head around what happened, but it’s immaterial now because he’s gone.

“I would find it easy to pack up and go home but I don’t think that’s the answer.”

“We are at the TT, the most prestigious road race in the world, we all accept the dangers and if I lost my life here I would want the show to continue.”

Details of the biker’s post come as his heartbreaking partner, Jane Cowden, paid tribute to her “best friend and soulmate” and rider she “loved more than words”.

 

She wrote: “I have thought long and hard about what to write, words can’t even describe how I am feeling right now.

“Yesterday was the worst day of my life. I lost my partner, my babies’ daddy, my best friend and my soulmate.

“Life with Paul wasn’t always easy, living it in the fast lane and dealing with his countless projects and gadgets. He drove me insane at times and we fought like cat and dog but in the end we always had each other’s backs and I loved him more than words.”

“Paul may have left me yesterday but he has left me with the most precious gifts and little pieces of him in his four beautiful children and every time I look or speak to them I have a little piece of him still with me.

“Paul was the proudest man in the world of his children.”

She described his children as “the only thing in his life that was faultless and perfect”.

“He beamed everyday about each and every one of them, they were his “chip offs,” she added.


Source: mirror.co.uk

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