Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Isle of Man TT: William Dunlop's crash takes joy out of Michael's win

William Dunlop broke his leg in the Isle of Man yesterday
William Dunlop broke his leg in the Isle of Man yesterday

Road racer Michael Dunlop says the joy of his impressive win at the Isle of Man TT yesterday was tinged with sadness after his brother William crashed out of the same race.

Michael set a new lap speed record of 131.668mph and went on to take the chequered flag at the event.

He became the first rider to win four TTs in consecutive years when he secured his first success in the blue riband Senior event.

The win elevated Michael to fifth in the all-time standings for the event.

However, just before his victory his brother William came off his bike in a high speed crash at Graham's.

William was airlifted to Noble's Hospital for treatment.

He suffered a broken leg and is already out of hospital.

"William has two clean breaks on his left leg but he will be back fighting fit in the coming months," his team Tyco Suzuki said.

Michael revealed that despite the win, his heart was in his mouth when he came across the crash, worrying about his brother.

Yesterday he told the media: "My thoughts are with William, and I'm just after phoning his girlfriend and he is conscious with a suspected broken leg."

Michael went on to say that William's well-being meant much more to him than winning the big event of the prestigious meeting.

"William is, after all, my brother. He means more to me than the race," he said.

"At the end of the day, I don't give a s*** about the race, as long as William's OK is all that matters.

"My heart was in my mouth when I came across his crash and that played with my head a bit until I got to the pit stop to find out he was OK."

Earlier in the week Michael, from Ballymoney in Co Antrim, won the Superbike, Supertsock and second Supersport races.

Michael and William are the sons of the racing hero Robert Dunlop, who died in 2008 after suffering serious chest injuries in a crash during a practice session at the North West 200.

They are also nephews of the legendary Joey Dunlop, who died racing in Estonia.

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