DUBLIN, Ireland – Irish motorcycle racer William Dunlop, a five-time podium finisher at the Isle of Man TT, has succumbed to injuries from a practice crash for the Skerries 100 in County Dublin on Saturday.
Dunlop, whose younger brother Michael ranks third all time in IOMTT wins after his 18th victory during this year’s edition, was making his return to racing in the Dublin national race after having sat out of this year’s action on the Isle of Man.
His crash occurred at Sam’s Tunnel on the 2.9-mile course. Dunlop was riding a Yamaha YZF-R1.
“The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club, organisers of the Skerries 100, deeply regrets to announce that competitor William Dunlop has passed away following injuries in a tragic accident that occurred during practice on Saturday,” said event officials in a statement. “The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to Dunlop’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad time.”
Dunlop was a 108-time race winner in Irish national road racing competition, as well as a four-time North West 200 victor and seven-time champion of the Ulster Grand Prix.
Saturday’s tragic crash is the latest in a line of incidents for the Dunlop family.
William’s uncle Joey – the all-time TT wins leader at 26 – lost his life in a race in Tallin, Estonia in 2000, while his father Robert was killed during practice for the 2008 North West 200.
SPEED SPORT offers its condolences to the Dunlop family.