Canadian racer Dan Kruger has withdrawn from the 2014 Tourist Trophy races at the Isle of Man out of respect of his late teammate Simon Andrews. Kruger had to face a couple of things during the days before and during the TT, as it was only one week before that he was at Simon’s side when he passed away after his bad crash at the North West 200.
Kruger took on the Isle of Man practices as a newcomer, but bad weather resulted in minimal laps. Furthermore, the Canadian didn’t feel that his head was fully into racing. During Thursday’s final practice session, Kruger rode his last practice lap of the 2014 TT and withdraws from today’s highlight race, the six-lap Senior TT.
“It’s a hard time for all of us, and first of all I want to thank my Penz13.com BMW Racing Team. They supported me in every aspect and never put pressure on me. We discussed my decision all together and everyone understood me. This year I just didn’t get my head free and I had too few laps around here. Wherever you look in the paddock, Simon is there and I withdraw from the race also out of respect for him and his family. At the TT 2015 I will give it another try to tackle the mountain course.”
— From Penz13.com