Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Road racer William Dunlop has died

Road racer William Dunlop has died

Dunlop began his racing career in 2000, and has gone on to win 108 times on Ireland's national road racing scene, as well as scoring four victories at the North West 200, seven at the Ulster Grand Prix and five podiums at the TT.

Race organisers Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club confirmed William's passing in a statement.

He linked up with Tim Martin's new-look Temple Golf Club Yamaha team for 2018 but was out of sorts at Cookstown and Tandragee, while a crash in the Thursday Superstock race at the North West 200 ruled him out of Saturday's main schedule.

"We pass on our honest condolences to his partner Janine and daughter Ella, his close family and friends at this very sad time".

The Dunlop dynasty of motorcycle racers is legendary, but also mired in tragedy.

Meanwhile, Dunlop's friend, photographer Shaun Lewis said that "there were no words" following the death of William.

Dunlop recently revealed he was expecting a second child with his partner Janine.

"Such a lovely fella on and off the bike. He will be missed soo much by us all".

Motorcycle legend William Dunlop has been killed after a tragic accident in in Co Dublin.

"Motorcycling was his life and he will be forever remembered for his many achievements, both in Ballymoney and across the world", she tweeted.

Philip McGuigan, a Sinn Fein member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for North Antrim, expressed his condolences. It will be a non-championship meeting and the club hopes everyone will consider this a fitting tribute to William and his previous race performance and results at the Skerries 100.

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