Rest in Peace – William Dunlop, ride free.
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.
William Dunlop had 119 Irish road race wins.Only Ryan Farquhar,his uncle Joey and father Robert won more.His first at Athea, the last at Cookstown.
But the nicest thing about William was the way he always looked down and started to kick the stones when you paid him a compliment. pic.twitter.com/u25xFpGMTQ
— Stephen Davison (@sdbikephoto) July 9, 2018
A STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF LOUGHSHINNY MOTORCYCLE SUPPORTERS CLUB LTD
Issued at approximately 17:15pm on 7th July 2018.
“The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, organisers of the Skerries 100, deeply regrets to announce that competitor William Dunlop of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, has passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident that occurred during practise which took place today 7th July 2018.
The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.”
Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club Ltd.