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McWilliams: Family want me to quit after Dunlop tragedy

By Jim Gracey

Veteran Northern Ireland motorcycle racer Jeremy McWilliams has admitted he is considering his future in the sport following the tragic death of William Dunlop.

Glengormley-based rider McWilliams (54) said he and his family had been shaken and saddened by the loss of William (32) in an accident during a practice lap at the Skerries 100 in Co Dublin on Saturday.

Speaking from a family holiday in Italy, he said: "The first thing my sons said to me was, 'That's the end of it, dad'. They knew and admired William, like all of us, and they were stunned and upset.

"Then my dad phoned the boys from Belfast and said to tell me if I get back on a bike to race, he will disown me.

"I have to admit I am considering my racing future. At this stage in my life and career, my family will have more influence on my thinking than me."

McWilliams was a winner in MotoGP, the Premier League of motorcycle racing, in the 1980s before taking up road racing at 50 with Ryan Farquhar's KMR team, winning twice at the North West 200.

He also paid tribute to William Dunlop, saying: "I found him personable and knowledgeable. He was down to earth and passionate about our sport at the same time."

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