William Dunlop – An Appreciation
Today we reflect about William, a gentleman, a great person and a great racer.
First and foremost Road Racing News sends its deepest sympathies to William’s family and friends, at this sad time.
William Dunlop, one of the best.
Over 110 times combined a national/international road race winner, four times a North West 200, seven times an Ulster GP winner and rightly regarded as one of Irish road racing’s greatest ever exponents.
Unbeatable on regular occasions on two stroke machinery, you could always tell when watching William on a 125 or a 250 machine, just how much natural talent he had.
For many though, in the 2010’s, William’s finest performances grew in the ultra competitive Supersport class.
Ulster GP victories, back to back Irish road race championships in 2015 and 2016 plus going the whole national roads 2015 season, unbeaten, are just some of the main highlights within the middleweight class.
Five times a TT podium finisher, three times a Classic TT rostrum finisher, William’s multiple race stints in the Isle of Man have also yielded various race wins, podiums at the Post TT Races and the Southern 100.
Additionally, William is one of a select group of UK racers to have secured a race win at Germany’s most famous roads course, Frohburg.
William Dunlop a true legend, of real road racing.
Forever remembered, RIP William.
Words by Stevie Rial