‘As you can imagine our family is still coming to terms with such a great loss’
The family of a dad and son from Cheshire who died in a crash at the Isle of Man TT have spoken of their ‘heartbreak’ after suffering ‘such a great loss’. Roger Stockton, 56, and his son Bradley, 21, died following an incident during their second race at the event on Friday (June 10).
The pair from Crewe had been racing in their sidecar when the crash happened at Ago’s Leap, less than one mile into the final lap. Tributes flooded in from both the racing and local communities, with their team Dennis Menace Racing saying they ‘lived their dream ‘.
And now the family have released a statement to Cheshire Live in which they said they were ‘still coming to terms with such a great loss’. They also thanked people for the ‘outpouring of love’ they have received since the tragic incident.
They said: “During this extremely difficult and heartbreaking time for our family, we cannot express the comfort we have experienced after the outpouring of love from the racing community, local community and the Isle of Man. In particularly the sidecar community, who have been absolutely amazing.
“As you can imagine our family is still coming to terms with such a great loss and we would like to thank those that continue to respect our wishes and allowing us to come to terms with our loss in our own time.”
Following the tragedy, Dennis Wakeling, of Dennis Menace Racing, revealed the team was set up in 2016 with the aim of Roger returning to TT race action and for Bradley to join him when he was old enough. He confirmed the team would no longer be competing following their sad loss.
He said: “My thoughts and deepest sympathy goes out to all of Roger and Bradley’s friends and family members. This is a tragic and shocking time and my heart is broken as I am sure that your hearts are broken too.
“I can only take some small piece of comfort that they are together. Please remember in your darkest moments, it was their dream to race together at the TT and they managed to live their dream.
“Recently the team stepped up a level where I helped the lads to purchase some better equipment and enter the British Championships and in their first year, they were happy to finish 2nd in the F2 Cup. In their first race together on the island, they managed to finish 8th – an incredible achievement and I know the lads were enjoying the riding, it was their life long dream to ride together at the Isle of Man TT.
“We need to remember that this was their life long dream and unlike most people they managed to achieve it. Everybody that races at the TT or attends the races know of the dangers and risks involved. Racers are special people and not lay people like me, they understand the risks and dangers and somehow are able to still take part in these events.
“Dennis Menace Racing, as a team was In my view Roger and Bradley and I have decided to send the team with them to heaven, where one day when the time comes I will join them and we will race as a team once again. If you look up at the stars on a clear evening you will see them racing on a shooting star, they are racers, they will always race….that’s what they do.”
Away from racing, Bradley was also a keen footballer and played for two teams in Crewe. Both paid tribute to the ‘great young man’.
Crewe FC said: “We are devastated and deeply saddened to learn that Bradley Stockton, along with his father Roger, have lost their lives following an incident at the Isle of Man TT Races.
Cooper Buckley FC posted on Twitter: “Really upsetting news today as Our no11 Brad Stockton has died whilst competing in the side car races at the Isle of man TT with his dad Roger who has also passed away Brad was a super footballer and a great young man. RIP.”
- 11:35, 14 JUN 2022