10/06/2018 – Statement Issued by William Dunlop

10/06/2018 – Statement Issued by William Dunlop :

William Dunlop at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races
William Dunlop at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races

“I just thought I would put a few words down about my recent withdrawal from 2018 TT races as I have a lot of good people around me and I felt this is something that needed addressed.

First and foremost, I would like to thank all my sponsors, not one of them made me feel like I had to do anything I didn’t want to nor did they ask my issues – it’s good to have people helping me like this and it’s much appreciated.

Also a big thanks to everyone for their kind messages, I really can’t believe the support people have given me.

It has been a difficult few weeks but things have made a turn for the better for myself and Janine, we are expecting a second baby but unfortunately, we received terrible news at our 20 week scan and were referred to a specialist. While I was on the island Janine had to deal with everything herself and was attending the hospital appointments and scans herself while I was away.

My head wasn’t in the races and my thoughts were always at what was happening at home. My family will always come first so I made the decision to come home.

We received positive news this weekend and everything is now appearing to be normal so after months of uncertainty we now finally feel that we can enjoy this time and get excited for a new addition.

There are still additional scans and meetings with consultants to attend but things are looking so much better for us as a family.

I have a few weeks to rest my body and recover from NW200 crash and also think about my future, I will sit with my sponsors in time and see where we all stand.

Thanks again,

William.”

It’s great to see things are looking more positive for William moving forward and I look forward to seeing him back tearing up the roads soon, however, at the same time I fully respect whatever decision he comes to and family must always come first.

Good luck William!

Original Press Release from William Dunlop Racing : http://www.williamdunlopracing.co.uk/statement-from-william-dunlop/

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : PokerStars Senior TT Race 08/06/2018

2018 Isle of Man TT Results
2018 Isle of Man TT Results

After 2 weeks of glorious sunshine on the Isle of Man – coupled with lap records falling across all classes, almost daily, the stage was set for an epic PokerStars Senior TT.

Michael Dunlop was almost late for the start, in typical Michael Dunlop style – so nothing to worry about there.  Dean Harrison started off with the same pace he has shown all week – warp speed!  Peter Hickman decided warp speed was the gear for him too and the stage was set for an awesome battle between these two.

Conor Cummings was the first man on the road and he pushed hard throughout coming out the other side with a 3rd place finish and an amazing result for the #padgettsarmy

James Hillier suffered a catastrophic incident on the first lap which resulted in his bike dumping it’s oil all over the course.  Michael Rutter was the first rider through the incident, followed by Michael Dunlop.  Neither rider really seemed to recover from it nor the four laps of waved yellow flag that resulted.

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2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Locate.IM Sidecar Race 2 08/06/2018

2018 Isle of Man TT Results
2018 Isle of Man TT Results

Ben and Tom Birchall on their Honda machine again show the world how to pilot a sidecar taking the honours and another Isle of Man double!  Well done those men!

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Locate.IM Sidecar Race 2 08/06/2018

You can find the lap by lap breakdown of the 2018 RST Superbike race here : https://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2018/Results/race/0806/0806-sidecar-2-lap-by-lap.pdf

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : SES TT Zero Race 06/06/2018

2018 Isle of Man TT Results
2018 Isle of Man TT Results

One of the most divisive things on race week is the TT Zero – are they ‘real’ bikes?  Is a TT Zero win a ‘real’ win?  Of course they are real bikes, of course it is a real win.  Yes at the moment it is only one lap but the race distance is equivalent to a full race at Tandragee, Cookstown, Armoy, even the NW200 so of course it is a ‘real’ win.  I don’t know how or when this attitude will change, maybe in about 6 years when these bikes are lapping at 133 – 134mph.  Mark my words it’s going to happen – hopefully with Bruce Anstey as the pilot.  Today however the congratulations go to Michael Rutter for a sound real TT win on the real bike – the Mugen!

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : SES TT Zero Race 06/06/2018

You can find the lap by lap breakdown of the 2018 SES TT Zero Race here : https://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2018/Results/race/0606/0606-supersport-2-lap-by-lap.pdf

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Bennett’s Lightweight TT 06/06/2018

2018 Isle of Man TT Results
2018 Isle of Man TT Results

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Bennett’s Lightweight TT 06/06/2018 :

Michael Dunlop takes his tally to a ridiculously impressive 18 TT wins today following this Lightweight win and another huge show of strength from that green machine – the Paton!

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Bennett's Lightweight TT 06/06/2018
2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Bennett’s Lightweight TT 06/06/2018

You can find the lap by lap breakdown of the 2018 Bennetts Lightweight TT race here : https://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2018/Results/race/0606/Bennetts-Lightweight-lap-by-lap.pdf

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Monster Energy Supersport Race #2 06/06/2018

2018 Isle of Man TT Results
2018 Isle of Man TT Results

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Monster Energy Supersport Race #2 06/06/2018

Dean Harrison is absolutely on fire this year as shown again in this Supersport race :

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 06/06/2018
2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 06/06/2018

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2018 Isle of Man TT Results : RL360 Superstock Race 04/06/2018

2018 Isle of Man TT Results
2018 Isle of Man TT Results

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : RL360 Superstock Race 04/06/2018 :

In a hotly contested superstock race Peter Hickman got his first top step podium Isle of Man TT win beating Michael Dunlop by approximately 4.5 seconds with a best lap and new Superstock record of 134.403 mph – no that is not a misprint, and no that was not on a superbike!  Amazing stuff from Hicky on his Smiths Racing BMW!

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : RL360 Superstock Race 04/06/2018
2018 Isle of Man TT Results : RL360 Superstock Race 04/06/2018

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2018 Isle of Man TT Results : Locate.IM Sidecar Race 1 02/06/2018

2018 Isle of Man TT Results
2018 Isle of Man TT Results

Three lap records gained by the Birchall brothers during this race – a simply outstanding achievement from 2 guys at the absolute top of their game!

2018 Isle of Man TT : Locate.IM Sidecar Race 1 Results 02/06/2018
2018 Isle of Man TT : Locate.IM Sidecar Race 1 Results 02/06/2018
2018 Isle of Man TT : Locate.IM Sidecar Race 1 Results 02/06/2018
2018 Isle of Man TT : Locate.IM Sidecar Race 1 Results 02/06/2018

You can find the lap by lap breakdown of the 2018 RST Superbike race here : https://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2018/Results/race/0206/Lap-by-Lap-Locate.im-Sidecar.pdf

2018 Isle of Man TT Results : RST Superbike Race 02/06/2018

2018 Isle of Man TT Results
2018 Isle of Man TT Results

2018 Isle of Man TT : RST Superbike Race Results 02/06/2018
2018 Isle of Man TT : RST Superbike Race Results 02/06/2018

You can find the lap by lap breakdown of the 2018 RST Superbike race here : https://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2018/Results/race/0206/Lap-by-Lap-RST-Superbike.pdf

And just to give it its proper place here is that 134 standing start lap from Dean Harrison – unfortunately for Dean his engine blew on him, but what an outstanding pace he was running!

2018 Isle of Man TT RST Superbike Race Dean Harrison Superbike Lap Record Time
2018 Isle of Man TT RST Superbike Race Dean Harrison Superbike Lap Record Time