EIGHT-time Isle of Man TT champion Dan Sayle has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a head injury on the racetrack, leaving him in a “serious condition”.

Sayle, 36, came off his bike during the opening lap of the Dunlop Lightweight race at the Classic TT yesterday.

The rider, who has also won the Manx Gran Prix three times, stumbled at Ballaspur, between the seventh and eighth milestone road-side markers on the Snaefell Mountain course.

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He was rushed to Nobles Hospital after the accident, where he is said to be in a serious but stable condition according to reports.

Sayle, who describes himself as a “part time dare devil”, was one of the leading contenders for the podium in the race.

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He is the joint most successful Sidecar passenger at the Isle of Man TT with eight victories.

Fans took to Twitter to send Sayle their best wishes.

Jo Pack said: “Wishing our Manx lad Dan Sayle a speedy recovery, one of the nicest lads – get well soon fella.”

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Matt Wellcock posted: “Bad news about Dan Sayle today…come on fella you got this, stay strong and pull through mate”.

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