"I am holding on to the fact that Billy died doing what he loved, and that was the way he always wanted it. Saying goodbye to him was the hardest thing I have ever done. Sleep tight my love, until we meet again."
A serving soldier and motorbike racer has died after crashing at the Oliver's Mount Spring Cup on Sunday.
Billy Redmayne, who was a serving member of the Parachute Regiment, passed away at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after sustaining serious and irreversible head injuries.
His girlfriend Hannah Wright announced his death on Facebook, saying:
"It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Billy Redmayne sustained serious and irreversible head injuries at Oliver's Mount on Sunday.
The 25 year-old from Laxey crashed while competing at the Bob Smith Spring Cup, which has since been cancelled - the first meeting of the year at Oliver’s Mount.
Race organisers, the Auto 66 Club, said: "Our sincere condolences go out to Billy Redmayne's family and friends at this devastating time."
Regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the sport, Redmayne had previously served in Afghanistan and was supported by his regiment in pursuing his road racing ambitions.
He had been set to make his debut at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT races this summer, having won the Junior Manx Grand Prix last year.