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Michael Dunlop has revealed he will continue racing this year, after taking time out to consider his future following the death of his brother William.

He will continue to race with Tyco BMW for a second season in 2019.

William Dunlop was killed during practice for the Skerries 100 road races in Co Dublin on July 7.

Michael's father Robert and uncle Joey were also previously killed in racing accidents.

He said that he was looking forward to getting back on the bike after taking some time out of the sport.

"I’m looking forward to working with the TAS Racing boys again this year. We grabbed a Superbike TT win last year, which was a good start and the goal this year will be to go after both the Superbike and Senior TT wins on the Island," Michael said.

 

"BMW has launched a new bike, which I should be riding in a few weeks’ time. With the added improvements to the package and a second season with the same team, we should be in a good place to go after both the big wins on the Island."

Tyco BMW Team Manager Phillip Neill said the group were delighted to keep Michael on the team.

"It was always our plan to continue with Michael, however it was important we took some time together to consider the best way to approach 2019, and we look forward to announcing further details soon," he said.

Speaking at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards earlier this month Michael paid tribute to his late brother, but would not be drawn on his own future.

"It's been a tough time. The Dunlop name has been massive in NI and we've taken our hits. I thought we'd suffered our torture but William went about his business quietly - sadly leaving two daughters," he said.

"When we were off the track, we have a great bond and I'll carry that bond to look after his girls. Sadly, it seems to be that whenever one of our family passes away, that's when the awards come. I'll hold my head up, not for the award, but for being William's brother."

Michael revealed that riding had not been on his mind since his brother's death.

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1/11/2000:  Robert Dunlop with his son, William (16).  William rode his Dad's 125cc Honda for his first taste of racing at Aghadowey.

1/11/2000: Robert Dunlop with his son, William (16). William rode his Dad's 125cc Honda for his first taste of racing at Aghadowey.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2014: The Friday  evening practice session at the 2014 Tandragee 100 was drawing to a close and the light was disappearing.
Only the winding road lay ahead as William sat alone on the line, lost in his thoughts as he waited for the flag to drop.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2014: The Friday evening practice session at the 2014 Tandragee 100 was drawing to a close and the light was disappearing. Only the winding road lay ahead as William sat alone on the line, lost in his thoughts as he waited for the flag to drop. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/7/2000: The Armoy Armada. Joey Dunlop (left) with the other members of the Armoy Armada Frank Kennedy, Jim Dunlop and Mervyn Robinson.  Kennedy and Robinson were both killed at the North West 200 in 1976.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/7/2000: The Armoy Armada. Joey Dunlop (left) with the other members of the Armoy Armada Frank Kennedy, Jim Dunlop and Mervyn Robinson. Kennedy and Robinson were both killed at the North West 200 in 1976.

Joey Dunlop 1983

Joey Dunlop 1983

MOTORCYCLING: JOEY DUNLOP. Joey Dunlop motorbike ace.

MOTORCYCLING: JOEY DUNLOP. Joey Dunlop motorbike ace.

MOTORCYCLING: JOEY DUNLOP.

MOTORCYCLING: JOEY DUNLOP.

TREVOR DICKSON Legend on two wheels
August 1991 - Legend on two wheelsMotorbike hero, the late Joey Dunlop makes his way through the Temple 100 paddock at Saintfield.

TREVOR DICKSON Legend on two wheels August 1991 - Legend on two wheelsMotorbike hero, the late Joey Dunlop makes his way through the Temple 100 paddock at Saintfield.

15/5/2008   .Joey Dunlop OBE, Northern Ireland motor cycle road racing superstar whose brother Robert died tonight in Coleraine Hospital following a high speed crash during final practice for this weekend's NW200 road races. Legendary TT record winner Joey also died in a bike race accident several years ago.

15/5/2008 .Joey Dunlop OBE, Northern Ireland motor cycle road racing superstar whose brother Robert died tonight in Coleraine Hospital following a high speed crash during final practice for this weekend's NW200 road races. Legendary TT record winner Joey also died in a bike race accident several years ago.

MOTORCYCLING: JOEY DUNLOP. Joey Dunlop motorbike ace. 16/08/1980

MOTORCYCLING: JOEY DUNLOP. Joey Dunlop motorbike ace. 16/08/1980

Joey Dunlop

Joey Dunlop

Joey Dunlop funeral July 2000
Thousands of fans attended motorbike ace Joey Dunlop's funeral today at Garryduff, Ballymoney.

Joey Dunlop funeral July 2000 Thousands of fans attended motorbike ace Joey Dunlop's funeral today at Garryduff, Ballymoney.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 7/7/2000 Thousands of mourners follow the coffin of Racing legend Joey Dunlop at his funeral in Ballymoney this afternoon. Joey's hearse is at the bottom of the screen.
PHOTO MARTY WRIGHT/PACEMAKER

PACEMAKER BELFAST 7/7/2000 Thousands of mourners follow the coffin of Racing legend Joey Dunlop at his funeral in Ballymoney this afternoon. Joey's hearse is at the bottom of the screen. PHOTO MARTY WRIGHT/PACEMAKER

PACEMAKER BELFAST 7/7/2000 Thousands of mourners follow the coffin of Racing legend Joey Dunlop at his funeral in Ballymoney this afternoon. Joey's hearse is on the left of the screen.
PHOTO MARTY WRIGHT/PACEMAKER

PACEMAKER BELFAST 7/7/2000 Thousands of mourners follow the coffin of Racing legend Joey Dunlop at his funeral in Ballymoney this afternoon. Joey's hearse is on the left of the screen. PHOTO MARTY WRIGHT/PACEMAKER

PACEMAKER BELFAST.TT 2002 was the first TT since the death of its greatest rider, Joey Dunlop (No12) seen here with Adrian Archibald at Creg Ny Baa in 1999.  Dunlop won 26 TTs before being killed in Estonia in 2000.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST.TT 2002 was the first TT since the death of its greatest rider, Joey Dunlop (No12) seen here with Adrian Archibald at Creg Ny Baa in 1999. Dunlop won 26 TTs before being killed in Estonia in 2000. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000:  Joey Dunlop on his 250cc Honda at the Cookstown 100.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000: Joey Dunlop on his 250cc Honda at the Cookstown 100. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000:   Joey Dunlop leads Gary Dynes on their 125s at the Cookstown 100.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000: Joey Dunlop leads Gary Dynes on their 125s at the Cookstown 100. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000:   Colin Edwards doesn't do this with his SP1!   Joey Dunlop gets the Vimto Honda SP1 he will ride at the North West and TT in the air over the Cookstown bumps at the first Ulster road race of the season.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000: Colin Edwards doesn't do this with his SP1! Joey Dunlop gets the Vimto Honda SP1 he will ride at the North West and TT in the air over the Cookstown bumps at the first Ulster road race of the season. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PRESS EYE Ð BELFAST Ð NORTHERN IRELAND 28 April 2007 - 
Cookstown 100 road races Hayes fuels lightweight 125/400cc Race.
ROBERT DUNLOP.

Picture Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

PRESS EYE Ð BELFAST Ð NORTHERN IRELAND 28 April 2007 - Cookstown 100 road races Hayes fuels lightweight 125/400cc Race. ROBERT DUNLOP. Picture Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

TANDRAGEE 100
Robert Dunlop During the 125 Championship race

TANDRAGEE 100 Robert Dunlop During the 125 Championship race

STEPHEN WILSON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 19/2/2005: Top bike racer Robert Dunlop on the road to recovery after an operation this week to lengthen and straighten the leg that he broke in a horror crash at the Isle of Man TT in 1994.  Robert has had 9 operations on the leg and he will have to wear the special cage for 3 months, ruling him out of racing for the 2005 season.  But he plans to be back for 2006!
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 19/2/2005: Top bike racer Robert Dunlop on the road to recovery after an operation this week to lengthen and straighten the leg that he broke in a horror crash at the Isle of Man TT in 1994. Robert has had 9 operations on the leg and he will have to wear the special cage for 3 months, ruling him out of racing for the 2005 season. But he plans to be back for 2006! PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Robert Dunlop:Motorcycling/with wife Louise

Robert Dunlop:Motorcycling/with wife Louise

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/5/2002:  Little wonder he's smiling!  Robert Dunlop topped the 125cc practice times during early morning practice at the Isle of Man TT this morning.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/5/2002: Little wonder he's smiling! Robert Dunlop topped the 125cc practice times during early morning practice at the Isle of Man TT this morning. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Robert and Joey Dunlop

Robert and Joey Dunlop

Robert Dunlop gets a peck from wife Louise and mum May after been given the Freedom of the Borough in Ballymoney.MARK JAMIESON.

Robert Dunlop gets a peck from wife Louise and mum May after been given the Freedom of the Borough in Ballymoney.MARK JAMIESON.

Joey Dunlop

Joey Dunlop

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 5/6/2000:  48 year old Joey Dunlop pays no heed to the signs as he blasts into Ballaugh village on his  250cc Honda on his way to winning the Lightweight TT this afternoon at the Isle of Man  TT races.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 5/6/2000: 48 year old Joey Dunlop pays no heed to the signs as he blasts into Ballaugh village on his 250cc Honda on his way to winning the Lightweight TT this afternoon at the Isle of Man TT races. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000: Joey Dunlop leads the 250cc race at the Cookstown 100.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000: Joey Dunlop leads the 250cc race at the Cookstown 100. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/8/2017: William Dunlop on the start line for practice at the Classic TT.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/8/2017: William Dunlop on the start line for practice at the Classic TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST   23/03/2016
The launch of the 2016 Vauxhall International North West 200 at Titanic Belfast this evening.
Front L/R William Dunlop, Jeremy McWilliams and Ryan Farquhar
Back Row Alastair Seeley, Peter Hickman, Conor Cummins, Dan Kneen, Michael Rutter, Lee Johnston & John McGuinness
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 23/03/2016 The launch of the 2016 Vauxhall International North West 200 at Titanic Belfast this evening. Front L/R William Dunlop, Jeremy McWilliams and Ryan Farquhar Back Row Alastair Seeley, Peter Hickman, Conor Cummins, Dan Kneen, Michael Rutter, Lee Johnston & John McGuinness Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER, BELFAST,24/4/2015:  Mar-Train Yamaha team boss Tim Martin  shares a joke with William Dunlop and Dean Harrison during a break in the Cookstown 100 practice on Friday evening.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST,24/4/2015: Mar-Train Yamaha team boss Tim Martin shares a joke with William Dunlop and Dean Harrison during a break in the Cookstown 100 practice on Friday evening. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2008:  This photograph of Robert Dunlop and his three sons, Daniel, Michael and William, will always be very special to me.
Robert wanted it taken as Daniel was leaving that day for Afghanistan and he said he didnt have a recent picture of himself with his boys. 
It is heartbreaking that both Robert and William are now no longer with us, lost to the sport to which they had dedicated their lives.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2008: This photograph of Robert Dunlop and his three sons, Daniel, Michael and William, will always be very special to me. Robert wanted it taken as Daniel was leaving that day for Afghanistan and he said he didnt have a recent picture of himself with his boys. It is heartbreaking that both Robert and William are now no longer with us, lost to the sport to which they had dedicated their lives. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Pacemaker Press 09/07/2018
Flowers left at the Dunlop Memorial garden in Ballymoney on Monday  for  road racer William Dunlop,  Who was killed during practice  event on Saturday at Skerries.
William's legendary uncle Joey Dunlop died in 2000 whilst racing in Tallinn, Estonia and just eight years later tragedy struck again when his father Robert was killed during a practice session at the North West 200.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 09/07/2018 Flowers left at the Dunlop Memorial garden in Ballymoney on Monday for road racer William Dunlop, Who was killed during practice event on Saturday at Skerries. William's legendary uncle Joey Dunlop died in 2000 whilst racing in Tallinn, Estonia and just eight years later tragedy struck again when his father Robert was killed during a practice session at the North West 200. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2014: I have been privileged to photograph both generations of the Dunlop road racing family in action. In the 80s and 90s Joey and Robert did battle on the Irish roads and at the TT. 
Over the last decade it has been Robert's sons, William and Michael, who have gone head to head in races like this at Armoy.
The Armoy event began in 2009 and is run on the roads where Mervyn Robinson, Frank Kennedy, Joey and Jim Dunlop of the famous Armoy Armada would have tested their race bikes during unofficial practice sessions!
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2014: I have been privileged to photograph both generations of the Dunlop road racing family in action. In the 80s and 90s Joey and Robert did battle on the Irish roads and at the TT. Over the last decade it has been Robert's sons, William and Michael, who have gone head to head in races like this at Armoy. The Armoy event began in 2009 and is run on the roads where Mervyn Robinson, Frank Kennedy, Joey and Jim Dunlop of the famous Armoy Armada would have tested their race bikes during unofficial practice sessions! PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 30/4/2016: William Dunlop celebrates his victory in the Supersport race at the Cookstown 100.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 30/4/2016: William Dunlop celebrates his victory in the Supersport race at the Cookstown 100. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Photographer ©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 
14th May 2015

North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit.

First Minister Peter Robinson chats to Race Director Mervyn Whyte and Tyco racer William Dunlop on the grid.

Photographer ©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th May 2015 North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit. First Minister Peter Robinson chats to Race Director Mervyn Whyte and Tyco racer William Dunlop on the grid.

©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 20/6/2004:  The legend lives on- 5-time TT winner Robert Dunlop gets some help from his son, William as he prepares his 125cc Honda for the Athea road races in Co Limerick.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 20/6/2004: The legend lives on- 5-time TT winner Robert Dunlop gets some help from his son, William as he prepares his 125cc Honda for the Athea road races in Co Limerick. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Winner of the EventServ Superbike race William Dunlop

Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Winner of the EventServ Superbike race William Dunlop

Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th May 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com
2011 Isle of Man TT 1st practice night around the 37.7 mile course.
Ballymoney man William Dunlop looks on at his brother Michael.

Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th May 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com 2011 Isle of Man TT 1st practice night around the 37.7 mile course. Ballymoney man William Dunlop looks on at his brother Michael.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 10th August  2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com

Ulster Grand Prix 2012 race day.
Aer Lingus Supersport race.
Race winner William Dunlop along with 2nd place finisher Bruce Anstey and 3rd pace man Lee Johnston.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 10th August 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Ulster Grand Prix 2012 race day. Aer Lingus Supersport race. Race winner William Dunlop along with 2nd place finisher Bruce Anstey and 3rd pace man Lee Johnston.

Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Eventserv Superbike winner William Dunlop

Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Eventserv Superbike winner William Dunlop

Photographer ©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 24th July 2015

Friday nights Supersport race at the Armoy road races, Co. Antrim.

Race winner William Dunlop.

Photographer ©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 24th July 2015 Friday nights Supersport race at the Armoy road races, Co. Antrim. Race winner William Dunlop.

©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com

Paying their respects in the Dunlop Memorial Garden in Ballymoney County Antrim after William Dunlop was killed in the Skerries 100 Road Race.

Paying their respects in the Dunlop Memorial Garden in Ballymoney County Antrim after William Dunlop was killed in the Skerries 100 Road Race.

Flowers at the Dunlop memorial garden after the death of William Dunlop in Skeries 100. Pic by Peter Morrison

Flowers at the Dunlop memorial garden after the death of William Dunlop in Skeries 100. Pic by Peter Morrison

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 10/8/2017: The 200mph man! William Dunlop broke through the 200mph speed barrier along the Flying Kilo's speed trap for the first time during practice at the Ulster Grand Prix today on his Temple Golf Club Yamaha.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 10/8/2017: The 200mph man! William Dunlop broke through the 200mph speed barrier along the Flying Kilo's speed trap for the first time during practice at the Ulster Grand Prix today on his Temple Golf Club Yamaha. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST: Robert Dunlop with his three sons William, Daniel and Michael...PICTURE COURTESY OF LOUISE DUNLOP

PACEMAKER, BELFAST: Robert Dunlop with his three sons William, Daniel and Michael...PICTURE COURTESY OF LOUISE DUNLOP

William Dunlop with his daughter in 2017

William Dunlop with his daughter in 2017

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/1/2015: That's my boy! William Dunlop, winner of the Race of the Year category at the Adelaide Motorbike awards with his mother Louise.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/1/2015: That's my boy! William Dunlop, winner of the Race of the Year category at the Adelaide Motorbike awards with his mother Louise. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Presseye Ltd Belfast-10th August 2007-Photo by William Cherry/Presseye....Robert Dunlop with his sons William and Michael before the Ulster Grand Prix were they will all be competing...

Presseye Ltd Belfast-10th August 2007-Photo by William Cherry/Presseye....Robert Dunlop with his sons William and Michael before the Ulster Grand Prix were they will all be competing...

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: William Dunlop.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

Isle of Man TT 2/6/2012
Superbike Race 1
William Dunlop on a Honda (Wilson Craig Racing)
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/PRESSEYE/Mervyn McClelland

Isle of Man TT 2/6/2012 Superbike Race 1 William Dunlop on a Honda (Wilson Craig Racing) Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/PRESSEYE/Mervyn McClelland

©INPHO/PRESSEYE/Mervyn McClella

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/5/2008:  Robert Dunlop's sons William and Michael carry his coffin at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near Ballymoney today.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/5/2008: Robert Dunlop's sons William and Michael carry his coffin at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near Ballymoney today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com
Relentless International North West 200. Practice day 2.
William Dunlop.

Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Relentless International North West 200. Practice day 2. William Dunlop.

Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com
Ballymoney man William Dunlop pictured at the launch of the Relentless International North West 200, in Coleraine Brough, Home of the North West 200.

Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Ballymoney man William Dunlop pictured at the launch of the Relentless International North West 200, in Coleraine Brough, Home of the North West 200.

Northern Ireland- 19th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Rentless International 2012 Northwest 200. Saturday first race - McKendry Fabrications Superstock Race.   William Dunlop wins.

Northern Ireland- 19th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Rentless International 2012 Northwest 200. Saturday first race - McKendry Fabrications Superstock Race. William Dunlop wins.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -19th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com
Relentless International North West 200.
McKendry fabrications supersport race.
Race winner William Dunlop.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -19th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Relentless International North West 200. McKendry fabrications supersport race. Race winner William Dunlop.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/12/2012: William Dunlop  is all smiles at the Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC this weekend as he sits beside the R1 Yamaha superbike that he will race in 2013 as part of the Milwaukee Yamaha squad.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/12/2012: William Dunlop is all smiles at the Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC this weekend as he sits beside the R1 Yamaha superbike that he will race in 2013 as part of the Milwaukee Yamaha squad. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

William Dunlop and Janine

William Dunlop and Janine

William Dunlop passed away after a crash at the Skerries 100 in July.

William Dunlop passed away after a crash at the Skerries 100 in July.

PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 25/7/2015: William Dunlop (CD Racing Yamaha) celebrates winning the 600cc race ahead of  Guy Martin (Tyco Suzuki) and Dean Harrison (Mar Train Yamaha) at the Armoy road races today.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 25/7/2015: William Dunlop (CD Racing Yamaha) celebrates winning the 600cc race ahead of Guy Martin (Tyco Suzuki) and Dean Harrison (Mar Train Yamaha) at the Armoy road races today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

William Dunlop and Janine

William Dunlop and Janine

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 24/8/2017: William Dunlop, Classic TT.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 24/8/2017: William Dunlop, Classic TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

 A SOD OFF THE OUL BANK

I think they call this corner on the Mid-Antrim course OHaras Bend. They are usually named after the farmer or some local landmark, often the original inspiration having long since been lost to memory.  But Dunlop is a name synonymous with road racing and this youngster is carrying on a fine tradition that will never be forgotten.  William Dunlop, son of Robert and nephew of Joey, is the latest road racer from the worlds most famous road racing stable.  Roberts other son Michael has also entered the fray and Sam Dunlop, son of Jim, the fourth member of the infamous Armoy Armada, is a roads regular too.  The younger generation have lost none of the older guys style, as William cuts a line so tight at OHaras even the grass has to get out of the way.  Sam Dunlop won the Newcomers 125cc Manx Grand Prix in 2005.  William will compete in the TT for the first time in 2006 to carry on the illustrious Dunlop tradition and keep Ballymoney at the centre of the pure road racing world.

William Dunlop, Mid-Antrim, 2005.

A SOD OFF THE OUL BANK I think they call this corner on the Mid-Antrim course OHaras Bend. They are usually named after the farmer or some local landmark, often the original inspiration having long since been lost to memory. But Dunlop is a name synonymous with road racing and this youngster is carrying on a fine tradition that will never be forgotten. William Dunlop, son of Robert and nephew of Joey, is the latest road racer from the worlds most famous road racing stable. Roberts other son Michael has also entered the fray and Sam Dunlop, son of Jim, the fourth member of the infamous Armoy Armada, is a roads regular too. The younger generation have lost none of the older guys style, as William cuts a line so tight at OHaras even the grass has to get out of the way. Sam Dunlop won the Newcomers 125cc Manx Grand Prix in 2005. William will compete in the TT for the first time in 2006 to carry on the illustrious Dunlop tradition and keep Ballymoney at the centre of the pure road racing world. William Dunlop, Mid-Antrim, 2005.

Photographer ©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 24th July 2015
Friday nights Supersport race at the Armoy road races, Co. Antrim.
Race winner William Dunlop.

Photographer ©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 24th July 2015 Friday nights Supersport race at the Armoy road races, Co. Antrim. Race winner William Dunlop.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: Motorcycle racer William Dunlop's is buried beside his father Robert and uncle, Joey Dunlop after his funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today.
Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday. Robert Dunlop died after crashing at the 2008 North West 200 and Joey lost his life in a crash at a race in Estonia in 2000.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: Motorcycle racer William Dunlop's is buried beside his father Robert and uncle, Joey Dunlop after his funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today. Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday. Robert Dunlop died after crashing at the 2008 North West 200 and Joey lost his life in a crash at a race in Estonia in 2000. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: William Dunlop's grandmother May at the motorcycle racer's funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today.
Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: William Dunlop's grandmother May at the motorcycle racer's funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today. Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: William Dunlop's uncle, Jim and his cousin Gary, the son of Joey, carry his coffin at the funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today.
Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: William Dunlop's uncle, Jim and his cousin Gary, the son of Joey, carry his coffin at the funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today. Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: Motorcycle racer William Dunlop's partner Janine and his mother Louise, (centre) at his funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today.
Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: Motorcycle racer William Dunlop's partner Janine and his mother Louise, (centre) at his funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today. Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk     11/7/2018
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan
William Dunlop’s pregnant partner Janine and mother Louise arrive at church - Thousands of mourners have gathered in County Antrim for the funeral of road racer William Dunlop. The Ballymoney rider died after a crash during practice at a race meeting in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. A service is being held at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near the 32-year-old's hometown of Ballymoney. William's death comes after his father Robert died at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey Dunlop was killed in a crash in 2000.

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 11/7/2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan William Dunlop’s pregnant partner Janine and mother Louise arrive at church - Thousands of mourners have gathered in County Antrim for the funeral of road racer William Dunlop. The Ballymoney rider died after a crash during practice at a race meeting in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. A service is being held at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near the 32-year-old's hometown of Ballymoney. William's death comes after his father Robert died at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey Dunlop was killed in a crash in 2000.

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Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk     11/7/2018
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Thousands of mourners have gathered in County Antrim for the funeral of road racer William Dunlop. The Ballymoney rider died after a crash during practice at a race meeting in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. A service is being held at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near the 32-year-old's hometown of Ballymoney. William's death comes after his father Robert died at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey Dunlop was killed in a crash in 2000.

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 11/7/2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Thousands of mourners have gathered in County Antrim for the funeral of road racer William Dunlop. The Ballymoney rider died after a crash during practice at a race meeting in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. A service is being held at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near the 32-year-old's hometown of Ballymoney. William's death comes after his father Robert died at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey Dunlop was killed in a crash in 2000.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2014: This picture of William oDunlop n the Tyco Suzuki is from Walderstown in Co Westmeath. It is a typical Irish road racing scene and it was at those events William excelled. 
William won 108  races at the smaller National events plus four NW200s and seven Ulster Grands Prix which made him the fourth most successful rider on the Irish roads of all-time. Only Ryan Farquhar, his uncle Joey and his father Robert won more.
Many of these races are run in small, out of the way places where very little else ever happens. The locals are delighted to see the road racing circus appear. They throw open their doors to photographers and are thrilled to have famous names like the Dunlop family in their midst for the weekend.
By taking part in these small events the Dunlops help preserve the National road racing scene in Ireland.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2014: This picture of William oDunlop n the Tyco Suzuki is from Walderstown in Co Westmeath. It is a typical Irish road racing scene and it was at those events William excelled. William won 108 races at the smaller National events plus four NW200s and seven Ulster Grands Prix which made him the fourth most successful rider on the Irish roads of all-time. Only Ryan Farquhar, his uncle Joey and his father Robert won more. Many of these races are run in small, out of the way places where very little else ever happens. The locals are delighted to see the road racing circus appear. They throw open their doors to photographers and are thrilled to have famous names like the Dunlop family in their midst for the weekend. By taking part in these small events the Dunlops help preserve the National road racing scene in Ireland. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER BELFAST  12/05/2015 William Dunlop (Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 William Dunlop (Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/5/2016: William Dunlop ,NW200.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/5/2016: William Dunlop ,NW200. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON Front

JOEY DUNLOP SPORTED A NEW ACCESSORY TO THE RACING ENSEMBLE FOR THE 2000 SEASON- A PAIR OF SPECTACLES!  THEY WERE KEPT IN THE TOOL BOX WITH THE REST OF THE KIT.

JOEY DUNLOP SPORTED A NEW ACCESSORY TO THE RACING ENSEMBLE FOR THE 2000 SEASON- A PAIR OF SPECTACLES! THEY WERE KEPT IN THE TOOL BOX WITH THE REST OF THE KIT.

1/11/2000: Robert Dunlop with his son, William (16). William rode his Dad's 125cc Honda for his first taste of racing at Aghadowey.

"I haven't sat on a bike since William's accident. It's one of those years. It's been tough. It's going to be hard to keep functioning. William was one of the best we've ever had, on track and off track. He was a great personality, not just for the sport, but for the family. We'll stick together as a family," he said.

"I threw the bikes in the air and I went and bought a nightclub. I've now bought a plane and do a bit of flying - I've taken a bit of a mid-life crisis."

"This is more of a celebration to William. It's not about my career. I don't really give much thought about my career at the minute."

The Ballymoney man raised his Isle of Man TT career total to eighteen victories at last year’s event, making him the third most successful rider of all time at the TT.

Dunlop’s full programme of events for Tyco BMW will be announced in the coming weeks.

Belfast Telegraph