Road racer William Dunlop has died

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It has been confirmed this evening that William Dunlop died following a crash at the Skerries 100 races in north Dublin. William's father, Robert, died during the 2008 North West 200.

He linked up with Tim Martin's new-look Temple Golf Club Yamaha team for 2018 but was out of sorts at Cookstown and Tandragee, while a crash in the Thursday Superstock race at the North West 200 ruled him out of Saturday's main schedule.

A statement released by the the Skerries 100 organisers, said they "deeply regret" to announce he "passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident". It's a family very much in our thoughts right now.

His brother Robert was also a successful road racer, and Robert's two sons - William and Michael - have carried on the mantle.

He and his partner Janine had one child and were expecting the birth of their second.

His death is the third tragedy to befall the famous racing family. "William was a hero to many in these parts and the community will be devastated at this news", he said.

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"Everyone's thoughts are with the family".

He was a member of the renowned Dunlop family and was a victor at the North West 200 and Ulster GP.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she was "shocked and saddened by the passing of NI's talented sporting legend, William Dunlop".

William's younger brother Michael scored his 18 TT success at this year's event, moving him into third on the all-time winners list behind only 23-time victor John McGuinness and Dunlop's legendary uncle.

"Motorcycling was his life and he will forever be remembered for his many achievements, both in Ballymoney and across the world", she Tweeted.

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