It is very sad, but it is also a risk that the actual racers seem to take in their stride. Unlike most games where, if you lose, you get to be a TV pundit and sit around talking about it with road racing if you lose against the road you are dead. It is almost the cost of doing business. I should say that I've worked with a lot of them and the bike racers are the nicest people, unlike the majority of so called "sportsmen," and they are also completely their own man - money or gain seems to mean nothing to them and so you can't buy them, they simply do what they want on the basis (I guess) that tomorrow they might be dead. A great way to live in one sense, but as Michael has found out expensive in the longer term and hard on the families. The film "Road" is worth a watch if you haven't already seen it, it may be available elsewhere but this is just the link I found:
Road [DVD] : Amazon.co.uk: Liam Neeson, Joey Dunlop, William Dunlop, Michael Dunlop, Robert Dunlop: DVD Blu-ray[/QUO
Well said caorach. Totally agree.