William Dunlop Dies at 32

William Dunlop

William Dunlop died following injuries sustained during a practice session at the Skerries 100 Road Races on Saturday.

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

William's father Robert died following an accident at the North West 200 in 2008, while his uncle Joey was killed in a crash in Estonia in 2000.

William Dunlop was previously a victor at the North West 200 and Ulster GP.

Not only did William clinch countless wins at the smaller road races, he was also able to make the step up at worldwide level, like Joey and Robert before him and just as his younger brother Michael has done over the past 10 years.

Several friends and colleagues have paid their tribute to motorcyclist William Dunlop, whose tragic death has sent shock waves across the community.

He said: This is a bad tragedy and my thoughts and prayers are with the Dunlop family at this hard time.

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"Such a lovely fella on & off the bike".

He added that Dunlop was a passionate and dedicated rider, and that he will be much missed. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time".

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

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA, Philip McGuigan described William Dunlop as a "hero".

A statement from the club said that the entire prize fund would go to William's family.

More positive news followed for the couple and William took the decision to race at the Skerries 100, where his illustrious career was tragically cut short.

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