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Harrison sets 133mph TT pace as Dunlop quits island amid future concerns


By Roy Harris

On-fire Dean Harrison sped to two blistering 133mph laps in Isle of Man TT practice last night.

But the biggest talking point on the island was the departure of Ballymoney's William Dunlop from the biggest event of the road racing year for 'personal reasons'. There is now doubt as to whether the 32-year-old will return to ride for his Saintfield-based Temple Yamaha team.

In a statement, he said: "This is a very difficult decision and not one I have taken lightly. I can only apologise to the team and all of our sponsors but I believe that continuing would be the wrong decision and would not give a true account of either myself or the team. I would like to thank Tim (team boss Martin) especially for how understanding and supportive he has been over the past few weeks, I obviously feel like I have let him and the team down but they have stood by me throughout. I am going to head home and take some time to recuperate before making a decision on when I will be back on the Temple Yamahas."

Yorkshire racer Harrison later became only the second rider alongside William's brother Michael Dunlop to lap the Mountain Circuit in under 17 minutes on his Kawasaki Superbike.

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