Tributes paid after death of William Dunlop

William Dunlop

William's father Robert was killed in May 2008 during a practice run at the NW200 event.

Race organisers Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club confirmed William's passing in a statement.

The popular Ballymoney man suffered fatal injuries after an incident during Open practice on the Temple Golf Club Yamaha on Saturday shortly after 5pm.

On Sunday the Skerries 100 race went ahead after the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club said they had received the blessing of Dunlop's family.

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"I would ask the entire community, not just the constituency's road racing fraternity, to remember the Dunlop family circle in their thoughts and prayers as they face the challenge of yet another road racing tragedy".

The Dunlop family name is synonymous with road racing, recognisable to most in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Dunlop's friend, photographer Shaun Lewis said that "there were no words" following the death of William. Antrim, William's hometown, described the news of his death "absolutely devastating".

William's brother Michael has also won 18 races at the Isle of Man event. Last month, William missed the Isle of Man TT to be with his pregnant partner, Janine.

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Tributes have poured in for Dunlop, who secured 108 Irish National Road Race wins during a distinguished career.

"Everyone's thoughts are with the family".

William - a former victor at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix - chose not to compete in this year's Isle of Man TT but returned home to be with his partner Janine who is pregnant with their second child.

Motorcycle legend William Dunlop has been killed after a tragic accident in in Co Dublin.

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