County TT star killed in Isle of Man crash

TT rider Alan Jackson
TT rider Alan Jackson
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Lancashire TT legend Alan Jackson has died after a crash on the Isle of Man.

Alan, 62, from Longton, near Preston, was taken to hospital after a collision during a practice session for the Classic TT races on Thursday.

Alan Jackson racing in 1977

Alan Jackson racing in 1977

He was taken by air ambulance to Noble's Hospital after the accident at the Creg Ny Baa, but sadly later died in hospital.

A statement from the Manx Motor Cycle Club said: "The Manx Motor Cycle Club regrets to confirm that Alan ‘Bud’ Jackson, 62, died following an accident during last night’s qualifying session for the Classic TT Races on the Isle of Man. The incident occurred at the Creg Ny Baa during last night’s Senior Classic TT session.

"Alan was a very experienced competitor on the TT Mountain Course. He made his debut in the 1979 Manx Grand Prix and has four race wins to his name."

The veteran biker, who had moved to Kendal in his later years, had been competing for more than 30 years, after winning his first TT in 1977 at the age of 30.

He went on to take the title again in 1978 and 1979, also winning the Manx Grand Prix in 1979.

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He formed a Formula 2 partnership with Bill Head, the renowned Preston motorcycle dealer, and together they created the Jackson Racing team, which continues to this day with star riders such as Morecambe's John McGuiness.

He also created a racing dynasty, as his sons Alan Jr and Andy both followed him into TT and Grand Prix racing, achieving notable success themselves.

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Alan Jackson Jr now runs the Jackson Racing team.

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