William Dunlop : Re-live William Dunlop’s NW200 Superbike win in 2014

Re-live William Dunlop’s thrilling North West 200 Superbike win for the Tyco TAS Racing team in 2014

In memory of William Dunlop the BBC website have brought to the limelight one of his epic battles with his brother Michael during the 2014 North West 200.

It is important to remember the good, especially when things are bad.  Thanks for the memories William.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/northern-ireland/44757191

William Dunlop and Michael Dunlop Duel at the 2014 North West 200
William Dunlop and Michael Dunlop Duel at the 2014 North West 200

STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF LOUGHSHINNY MOTORCYCLE SUPPORTERS CLUB LTD – William Dunlop

Rest in Peace – William Dunlop, ride free.

William Dunlop

A truly sad post to have to add to this website, one that has taken me a couple of days to actually even post up.  

I mean no disrespect to any of the ‘statements’ I have posted before.  Every rider at every event has my absolute respect.  Every rider puts their life on line, every race, and I tilt my cap to every one of them.  I hate posting ‘statements’ on this site because behind each one is a family devastated, friends gone, team mates gone, heroes gone.

And the latter on this occasion is one such hero of mine.  I am sure we all have our favourites, there’s nothing wrong with that.  Every rider and racer has our respect – without doubt or compromise, some though become our favourites, our heroes.  William was one such rider for me.

True skill, true humility, true humanity, a pleasure to watch and I feel privileged for having had the opportunity to watch him race for so many years.

Unfortunately Saturday 7th July 2018 was the last time William would grace the roads.

William Dunlop – thank you for everything.  Thank you.  Your legacy will live on, a small consolation I know, rest easy in the knowledge that you will be missed.

I personally would like to pass on my most sincere condolences to your family, partner, friends, team mates and also to everyone from the road racing community who are now at such a loss.  You are a loss, you will be missed.  Ride free.

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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/

2017 Isle of Man Practice Session Gallery – 30/5/2017

Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade - Practice Session 30th May 2017 - Isle of Man TT Races
Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade – Practice Session 30th May 2017 – Isle of Man TT Races

The weather has dominated the news at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races so far.  Why?  Because it has been awful.  We should have had practice on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so far.  However due to a combination of rain, fog and rain and fog we have only had a one complete session which was Tuesday’s (30/05/2017).

The weather on Tuesday was glorious and to be honest bar a bit of a wash out on Sunday all day, the weather for some reason really has it in for the races at the minute as it has a tendancy to close in towards the late afternoon and evening.  Wednesday for examole was a glorious morning, come the late afternoon it started to close in and only one lap of the session was completed before the organsisers called the session off.

The weather on Wednesday 31st May 2017 morning - a glorious day!
The weather on Wednesday 31st May 2017 morning – a glorious day!
The weather on Wednesday 31st May 2017 evening - no wonder the session needed to be cancelled!
The weather on Wednesday 31st May 2017 evening – no wonder the session needed to be cancelled!

Here is a terrifying statistic…

  • We are now 1,539 practice @iom_tt laps behind last year (2016) or over 58,000 miles of a difference – almost 2.5 trips around the Earth!

And here are some 2016 v 2017 figures to show how far behind we currently are :

Qualifying Laps :

  • Total : (2016) 1641 / (2017) – 528
  • Difference -1113 laps on 2016
  • Superbike : (2016) 556 / (2017) – 196
  • Supersports : (2016) 549 / (2017) – 183
  • Superstocks : (2016) 89 / (2017) – 28
  • Lightweights : (2016) 167 / (2017) – 48
  • Sidecars : (2016) 270 / (2017) – 73

The good news is the weather looks for tomorrow and the schedule has been revised to get a lot of action in over the coming weekend.

Check out the Revised Schedule Here for 3rd – 6th June 2017.

Photos for this session were taken from the area of Ballaugh Bridge and the Gooseneck on the Mountain Road Section.

As with all of my photos please feel free to like, share and even use them.  If you do use them however please credit me with the photograph – Don’t steal it.  I don’t want to start watermarking my photos so if you do use it please – do the right thing.

Also all photos are available in full resolution, so if you would like any of the photographs in their full uneditted glory please just let me know – especially if you are one of the riders!

Contact Me Here.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter over the coming fortnight for plenty of updates and rider tagged photographs from the 2017 Isle of Man TT Festival. – Twitter @TomBoyNI

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2017 North West 200 Thursday 11th May 2017 Race Session Gallery

Thursday Night Action at the 2017 NW200 Event
Thursday Nights Racing at the 2017 NW200 saw some amazing racing – really putting the event back on the Road Racing Map after a couple of tragic and difficult years.

Apologies for it being a bit late, but sometimes you just get busy.

The poor weather at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Race Meeting has given me the opportunity to get caught up on a few things I had let slip.  You’ll be glad to hear the next gallery will be from the Isle of Man!

So if you are over at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races you are right about now probably wishing for the rain to stop!  Don’t worry it is going to – tomorrow is to be a lovely day.

However in the meantime to satisfy your needs for some motorbikes here is my gallery from the 2017 NW200 Thursday Race Session… (You’ll see it was soaked in glorious sunshine!)

Photos for this session were taken from the area of the Juniper Hill Chicane – maining looking down the Coast Road.

As with all of my photos please feel free to like, share and even use them.  If you do use them however please credit me with the photograph – Don’t steal it.  I don’t want to start watermarking my photos so if you do use it please – do the right thing.

Also all photos are available in full resolution, so if you would like any of the photographs in their full uneditted glory please just let me know – especially if you are one of the riders!

Contact Me Here.

For the Full Race Results (Saturday) Click Here.

For the Detailed Race Results and Race Breakdowns Click Here.

Thursday Night Racing at the 2017 NW200 Event
Look closer – it’s OK, you are not seeing double!

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2017 North West 200 Tuesday 9th May 2017 Practice Session Gallery

Bruce Anstey at the 2017 NW200 on his then Sponsorless Padgetts HondaBruce Anstey at the 2017 NW200 on his then Sponsorless Padgetts Honda
Bruce Anstey at the 2017 NW200 on his then Sponsorless Padgetts Honda

Apologies for it being a bit late, but sometimes you just get busy.

So if you are over at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races you are right about now probably wishing for the rain to stop!  Don’t worry it is going to – tomorrow is to be a lovely day.

However in the meantime to satisfy your needs for some motorbikes here is my gallery from the 2017 NW200 Tuesday Practice Session… (You’ll see it was soaked in glorious sunshine!)

Photos for this session were taken from the Metropole Grandstand and then the more traditional Metropole Hill.

As with all of my photos please feel free to like, share and even use them.  If you do use them however please credit me with the photograph – Don’t steal it.  I don’t want to start watermarking my photos so if you do use it please – do the right thing.

Also all photos are available in full resolution, so if you would like any of the photographs in their full uneditted glory please just let me know – especially if you are one of the riders!

Contact Me Here.

For the Full Race Results (Saturday) Click Here.

For the Detailed Race Results and Race Breakdowns Click Here.

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2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Saturday 13th May 2017 Race Results – SPOILER ALERT!

Internation North West 200 2017
Glen Irwin on the Be Wiser Ducati takes the 2017 Vauxhall NW200 Superbike Race in an outstanding feature race!
Glen Irwin on the Be Wiser Ducati takes the 2017 Vauxhall NW200 Superbike Race in an outstanding feature race!

With five races scheduled for the Saturday event the usual happened and the weather closed in.  After 2 glorious weeks that covered Northern Ireland in sunshine by the time Saturday Race Day had arrived so too had the rain.  That meant delays… by well after lunch time only one race had been run and the question was will just one more race be even possible?

Well it was, the weather broke just enough to get a full schedule completed and WOW what a Race Day it was!  Every race was outstanding, there was only one red flag and that was for rain and safety reasons rather than crashes or injuries.  William Dunlop found himself back on the podium again after an outstanding run on the Supertwin machine, then a few moments of drama when rain closed in on a race and the riders wanted the race stopped raised the temperature of the event.  Tempers rose to the point of breaking – all of which accumulated itself in the feature race – The 2017 Vauxhall NW200 Superbike Race.  It was one of the great spectacles this event has had in years and talking about it isn’t enough, you have to watch it and see the ride that Glen Irwin put in on his Ducati, breath taking doesn’t cover it!  Irwin wanted it, Seeley wanted it, Hutchy wanted it, Rutter wanted it.  They all wanted it so badly – Hutchy was riding his bike more like a Subaru WRC powersliding it round the place, Seeley almost ended up sliding down the road after cutting a bit of the roadside grass for The Causeway Coast Council, and Glen Irwin was poetic coming out of every corner.  It was a truly outstanding race.

Make sure you catch the highlight shows on the BBC – I have no idea how they could cut that race down to ‘highlights’ the whole race was a highlight!

Read more2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Saturday 13th May 2017 Race Results – SPOILER ALERT!