William Dunlop out of Superstock and Superbike races at Ulster Grand Prix
William Dunlop has pulled out of Thursday's racing as well as some of Saturday's at the Ulster Grand Prix after an eventful practice session.
He had clocked 200.4 mph through the Dundrod speed trap during the superbike practice session, the highest speed ever recorded at that spot. However, things quickly turned sour as a broken bone in his wrist ended his participation in the day's racing. A fractured scaphoid, one of the carpal bones in the wrist, led to the racer stopping during superbike practice and eventually pulling out of the rest of the day as well as Saturday's Superbike and Superstock races. Dunlop has left the door open to taking part in the weekend's Supersport races.
“We are extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the event but William is not fit enough to compete competitively over a race distance on the big bikes so it is the correct decision to make," said Mar-Train Racing boss Tim Martin.
"We were expecting to be in the fight for at least podiums based on the performance of our bikes at this event last year but for the second time in two years a non-racing accident has left us on the side lines which is very frustrating. We had put more development work into the bikes recently including testing some new parts at Oulton Park and that showed as William was fourth quickest in the opening superbike session despite his injury.
"To be the first machine to ever post 200mph at the World’s Fastest Road Race shows just how strong the Yamaha now is and it is a shame the fans don’t get to see it out on Saturday. The bikes are now available for purchase as the UGP was the end of our agreement with William for 2017. I would just like to thank William for his effort this year and wish him all the best in his supersport races on Saturday, best wishes also to Noel Johnston and his team for a safe and successful week’s racing.”
Peter Hickman topped the qualifying in the Superstock, Supersport and Superbike qualifying.
William Dunlop has bagged seven wins at the Ulster Grand Prix, two behind his father Robert, and had been hoping to equal his dad's total this week.
Thursday's racing schedule begins with the Dundrod 150 National Race, followed by the Ultralightweight / Lightweight Race, the Dundrod 150 Challenge Race, Dundrod 150 Superbike Race and finally the Dundrod 150 Supertwin Race.
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