Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tributes paid to motorcycle racer William Dunlop

Tributes paid to motorcycle racer William Dunlop

Dunlop, from Co Antrim, was taking part in practice at the annual Skerries 100 races when the crash occurred.

William Dunlop comes from a dynasty of racers and he was not the first victim of the sport in the family.

The tragedy is the third racing fatality suffered by the Dunlop family, with Joey killed in a crash in Estonia in 2000, while William's father Robert lost his life following a crash during practice for the 2008 North West 200.

Making his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2006, Dunlop went on to achieve five podiums around the mountain course with a best result of second place. Antrim, William's hometown, described the news of his death "absolutely devastating".

The Dunlop Memorial Garden has become a focal point for the outpouring of grief, as everyone from motorbike fanatics to families with young children in tow gathered to lay flowers at the feet of the bronze statue of William's father, Robert.

The Ballymoney rider is thought to have been riding his Temple Gold Club-run Yamaha YZF-R1 machine when he crashed at the Sam's Tunnel section of the 2.9-mile circuit.

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Once treated, the patients will be transported, as well as airlifted by the ER24 medical helicopter, to nearby hospitals. He said: "Initial reports show that approximately 20 people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical.

You don't need a deep knowledge of motorcycle racing to know the Dunlop family.

"Everyone's thoughts are with the family".

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

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

William Dunlop was a regular on the worldwide road racing scene, and came from a storied family of famous racers.

"A man in his 30s was fatally injured in a crash", a Garda confirmed.

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