William Dunlop dead: Isle of Man TT regular dead after race crash

  • William Dunlop dead: Isle of Man TT regular dead after race crash

William Dunlop dead: Isle of Man TT regular dead after race crash

It has been confirmed this evening that William Dunlop died following a crash at the Skerries 100 races in north Dublin. The older brother of Michael Dunlop, William was the son of Robert Dunlop and nephew of the great Joey Dunlop, both of whom also died while racing.

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

The 32-year-old rider from Ballymoney, County Antrim, was a member of the Dunlop dynasty of racing greats and a repeat victor of the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.

The Dunlop family name is synonymous with road racing, recognisable to most in Northern Ireland.

Originally announcing that he was withdrawing to recover from injuries sustained at the North West 200 just weeks prior, he later revealed he left the island to be with his partner during a period of uncertainty over the health of their unborn child.

William Dunlop's brother, Michael, was promoted by the organisers as the star attraction this weekend following recent success in the Isle of Man TT.

William - a former victor at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix - chose not to compete in this year's Isle of Man TT but returned home to be with his partner Janine who is pregnant with their second child.

Also speaking at the Co Donegal golfing event, host Rory McIlory said: "I think it's unfortunate, what the family have been through has been horrendous".

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

"William will be much missed, but his friendship will be fondly remembered by all who were lucky enough to know him".

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

A statement released on behalf of the club said the prize money will go to William's family.

William Dunlop pictured on the Temple Golf Club Yamaha during practice at the Skerries 100 on Saturday.