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'A talent taken too soon'

Thursday, 12 July 2018

'A talent taken too soon' thumbnailMervyn Whyte said William Dunlop had a bright future in the sport.

WILLIAM Dunlop's best years as a road racer were still ahead of him, according to North West 200 Event Director, Mervyn Whyte.
The 32-year-old was tragically killed on his return to the sport at the Skerries 100 road races in Ireland at the weekend. It was the first time he had competed since withdrawing from the Isle of Man TT Races back in May.
Dunlop was a revered competitor who had more than one hundred wins to his name at both national and international level. 15 of those came at the County Dublin circuit which ultimately claimed his life on Saturday afternoon during practice for the Open Race.
Whyte said that after some lacklustre seasons where fans only got to see sporadic glimpses of his ability shine through, 2018 looked set to be the start of something special as Dunlop joined forces with Tim Martin in the Superstock and Superbike classes.
The team was being built around Dunlop, with Martin ending his sabbatical from the sport after just one year.
“Tim threw everything he had at it for William," Whyte told Chronicle Sport. "They were making a real effort and working towards something special, something big."

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