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William Dunlop: The smile has gone from the face of racing

William Dunlop - 1985-2018

By Jim Gracey

Motorcycle racing legend and commentator Phillip McCallen spoke for the sport and its thousands of followers last night when he said a smile has gone from the face of racing with the tragic death of Willliam Dunlop, aged just 32, following an accident at the Skerries 100 in Co Dublin on Saturday.

McCallen learned the news on holiday in Florida where he and his family were due to meet Linda Dunlop, the wife of William's iconic uncle Joey.

Instead the Dunlop family are now planning another funeral, for William, who was killed on the 18th anniversary of Joey's burial after his loss in a racing accident in Estonia in 2000. William's father Robert also lost his life in a 2008 crash during North West 200 practice.

McCallen, who set records at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT while racing against Robert and Joey, said he was a great admirer of William.

"On his good days, when everything was right, William could win races as he showed at the North West and Ulster Grand Prix," McCallen said.

"For all his triumphs and talent on the track, it is his trademark smile that I remember most in this time of terrible tragedy.

"He smiled as best he could when things maybe didn't go well for him and even broader when he won."

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