Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
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Motorcyclist William Dunlop killed in crash at Skerries 100 road races

Motorcyclist William Dunlop killed in crash at Skerries 100 road races

The Northern Ireland road racer William Dunlop has died after a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 in County Dublin.

In a statement, the Loughshinny Club, which organises the Skerries 100, said they "deeply regretted" that William Dunlop had passed away "following injures received in a tragic accident that occurred during practice".

The 32-year-old Ballymoney man died after he crashed on the race route, with his younger brother Michael riding behind him. Joey Dunlop remains the most successful man around the Isle of Man TT course, with 26 victories.

The death of the Ballymoney native is the latest tragedy to strike the famous Dunlop family.

"On his good days, when everything was right, William could win races as he showed at the North West and Ulster Grand Prix", McCallen said. Dunlop was slated to compete in this year's TT but withdrew to attend his girlfriend Janine who is pregnant with their second child.

The father-of-one was the son of racing legend Robert Dunlop, who was killed in the North West 200 in 2008, and nephew of Joey Dunlop who died in Estonia in 2000.

"Following discussion with the family, their sponsors and fellow riders, the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club Ltd have taken the decision to continue with the Skerries 100 on the 8th July".

"It is devastating news that William has also lost his life so tragically and my thoughts and prayers and those of the people of this Council area, are with the Dunlop family at this very hard and sad time".

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