Joey's brother, Robert, who is also sadly no longer with us - killed in a crash at the North West 200 in 2008 - left his indelible mark on the sport and still holds the record number of wins at the North West 200, but it's his sons, William and Michael, who have been handed the task of keeping the Dunlop dynasty to the fore. His death is the third this century to strike the renowned Dunlop … Michael Dunlop (born 10 April 1989) is a Northern Irish professional motorcycle racer. Message From Janine. William and Michael Dunlop have indicated that they will not compete at this weekend's Mid Antrim 150 races. There's no doubt he had visions of a TT clean-sweep. C'est le 2 juillet 2000 que s'est tué Joey Dunlop lors d'une course sur route en Estonie. [18] A high-profile move from BMW to Yamaha for this season - probably aided by his brother William's TAS Racing team securing the BMW Motorrad contract - gave Michael the determination he needed to sign a factory deal with Yamaha. [9] During the two-week 2012 Manx GP Dunlop worked in the pits for a team in the 600 Junior Race. Astride a BMW S1000RR, Dunlop bettered the existing absolute course speed record attained during one-lap, also setting a new average speed for the six lap race of 130.306mph in a race-record time of 1 hour, 44 minutes, 14.259 seconds for the 226 miles of racing. William and Michael Dunlop. 3:25. Granted, the elder of the brothers has 11 international road racing victories on his CV thus far, but he will be bitterly disappointed to have missed out on riding in this year's Supersport races on the Isle of Man, having returned home for treatment to his injuries. Taking another second from Hillier at the end of lap 3, Dunlop continued to edge ahead on the final lap, coming home with a winning margin of 12.5 seconds.[20]. [22], A series of crashes plagued the event, resulting in the cancellation of the remainder of the race programme including the highlight of the meeting, the Cookstown 100 Superbike race.[24][25]. Brothers William and Michael Dunlop are in prime position to add to their tally of North West 200 wins on Saturday. Starting in the lead group he crossed the line at the head of the field only to be awarded second place behind Derek Shiels, losing by 5 seconds on corrected time. But, showing his single-minded approach and obvious talent on a motorcycle, he went on to take the victory in the blue riband class, completing his back-to-back four timers. The Dunlop name in Northern Ireland is synonymous with sport and, of course, the popular discipline of pure road racing, which over the years has become a big part of our heritage, with the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix our flagship events. Dicing for the lead with James Hillier at the end of the opening lap, Dunlop came into the pit stop at the end of lap 2 with a 2.75 second lead. William Dunlop's partner Janine in emotional tribute to 'special' father. William Dunlop killed in crash at Skerries 100 - Belfast Live Part of a motorcycle racing dynasty,[1] Michael is the brother of the late William Dunlop, son of Robert and nephew of former World Champion Joey Dunlop.[2]. This was his sixth title on the Mountain Course and his third Manx Grand Prix race win following his debut, and victory, in the 2006 Newcomers MGP race. In the second of the two Supersport Junior races, Dunlop finished second to Hutchinson. For other people named Michael Dunlop, see, "Michael Dunlop: The man who lost a brother, father & uncle to biking, but races on", "Michael Dunlop in mood to boost Dundrod tally", "Michael Dunlop leaves Milwaukee Yamaha to rejoin BMW two days before Isle of Man TT begins", "He ain't heavy: We profile Michael and William Dunlop", "RealRoadRacing.Com • View topic - 2012 Manx GP Festival promises Grea…", Senior TT explodes into Dunlop, Hutchy war of words, Michael Dunlop wins Senior in record time, "Michael Dunlop signs for Bennetts Suzuki", "BENNETTS SUZUKI CONFIDENT AFTER SPANISH TESTS", "Michael Dunlop To Race Suzuki GSX-R1000 At 2017 Isle Of Man - Motorcycle.com News", "TT 2017: Bennetts Suzuki team left frustrated by Dunlop retirement", "PICTURES: Michael Dunlop tests Tyco BMW at Kirkistown", "COOKSTOWN 100: Derek Sheils and Michael Dunlop make winning start to new season", "COOKSTOWN 100: Michael Dunlop third fastest on Tyco BMW as Derek McGee seals pole", "COOKSTOWN 100: Racing abandoned following spate of crashes", "COOKSTOWN 100: Derek Sheils maintains unbeaten winning streak on Suzuki", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michael_Dunlop&oldid=992155147, All Wikipedia articles written in Hiberno-English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 3 December 2020, at 20:08. Following routine post-race inspection of the machines, Dunlop's bike was deemed to have infringed race regulations with non-standard parts,[12] and he was subsequently disqualified. Dunlop returned to the start line for the second race of 6 June, the Superstock TT on a 1000 cc BMW. William, at times, comes across as a reluctant road racer and, having shown flashes of brilliance on the short circuit scene throughout his career, one wonders would he have been more suited to a British Championship career had be have been afforded an early opportunity. [3], Dunlop was described in 2015 as having "an aggressive style" which was "spectacular to watch". William Dunlop tragically lost his life in a crash during practice for last July’s Skerries road race, just weeks after he was forced to withdraw from the TT due to a private family situation. Back-to-back four times in 2013 and 2014 made the world sit up and take notice of the hard-charging Co Antrim man, who is never far from the spotlight. [19], In the opening Supersport race, Dunlop took his place on the grid astride his familiar MD Racing Yamaha. [16] This was followed by a further work up at Donington Park on 22 March.[17]. En effet, depuis le dramatique accident qui a couté la vie à son frère After some pre-season testing with the Tyco BMW squad,[21] Dunlop made his way to the curtain raiser to the Irish Road Racing season, the Cookstown 100. William Dunlop Official. Michael Dunlop, at 26, is the Isle of Man TT's leading light and since his debut in 2007, the youngest of the Dunlop brothers now has 11 career wins. For the last race of Dunlop's schedule on Friday 10 June, he led the six-lap Senior TT from lap one, extending his lead over runner-up Ian Hutchinson, winning with a 31-second margin, raising his own absolute lap record speed previously set on Saturday, 4 June by a small amount, and setting a new race record time. Part of a motorcycle racing dynasty, Michael is the brother of the late William Dunlop, son of Robert and nephew of former World Champion Joey Dunlop. William, the elder of the sons of the late Robert, has secured pole position … During the Belfast Telegraph's Sporting Awards on Tuesday night, “one of the best” William was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame, with Michael accepting the award in his honour. But in spite of their different personalities, Michael and William Dunlop are proof that, when push comes to shove, blood is thicker than water. William Dunlop dead: Road racer suffers fatal crash while competing at Skerries 100 practice in Ireland, aged 32. He finished 10th in the Senior TT with a fastest lap of 124.773 mph, making him the fastest Dunlop around the TT Course. follow us on Facebook. Dunlop won the opening race of the 2018 Isle of Man TT with a race time of 01:44:13.398 and an average lap speed of 130.324 mph (209.736 km/h). In February 2016, it was announced that Dunlop would again ride BMW in the Superbike class at International road races during the 2016 racing season, provided by Hawk Racing. Someone Needs to Make Michael Dunlop Stop Racing. Le pilote moto nord-irlandais William Dunlop nous a quittés samedi soir. Then, just last week, Michael again came across an incident on the TT circuit involving William in the stone-wall lined Glen Helen section of mountain circuit. 2:11. [24], Dunlop's first competitive outing on the S-1000RR saw him competing in the Open A race. [14] After Hawk Racing's switch from BMW to Suzuki for 2017, Dunlop signed for the Bennett's Suzuki Racing Team campaigning the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 as part of a four-man squad. Controversy and jubilation seem to take centre-stage in Michael's career and they often overlap, as we saw in 2014 North West 200 when he finished second to brother William in the opening Superbike race. Dunlop joined his father and uncle Joey in the record books in 2009 when he won the Supersport TT race on a 600cc Yamaha.[7]. The opening lap saw him dicing at the head of the field with Ian Hutchinson. Exclusive test of Dunlop's new Sports touring tyre. Joey Dunlop a gagné 26 fois le TT de l’île de Man et il en est le recordman! MNC salue le grand pilote et … 50k Followers, 695 Following, 83 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Michael Dunlop (@dunlop.michael) MCN - Motorcyclenews.com. The son of TT legend Robert Dunlop and nephew of Joey Dunlop, it sometimes seems Michael … 119 Road Race. Michael immediately dismounted and was the first on the scene. Dunlop formed up on the grid at the TT Grandstand on board the Bennett's Suzuki in what were ideal conditions. 1:06. Le discret mais rapide frère de Michael, fils de Robert et neveu de Joey a trouvé la mort lors des essais de la course Skerries 100 près de Dublin (Irlande). Michael is already a more accomplished TT racer than his ultra-talented father, Robert, who was vocal about his dislike of the mountain circuit. Just a few weeks later, William came to grief in the Senior TT, crashing out on the mountain section of the circuit at more than 100mph on his Tyco Suzuki. The Japanese manufacturer was launching what was being touted as a world-beating new 1000cc machine and Dunlop Jnr was cock-a-hoop at the prospect of getting one over on BMW and his big brother. They have also lived in Rancho Cordova, CA and Centerville, UT plus 4 other locations. He made the decision to ride in the 2008 races at the last minute after the death of his father at the North West 200 earlier in the year. He is a former solo-machine lap record holder for the Snaefell Mountain Course set during the 2016 Senior TT in a time of 16 minutes 53.929 seconds at an average speed of 133.962 mph (215.591 km/h). © BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Case of new Covid-19 strain confirmed in Northern Ireland, Tributes paid to 'passionate and committed' NI social worker who died of Covid-19, Proposing in a deserted alley... 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Michael rode through the wreckage and was tangibly distraught when he inquired of his big brother during the pit stop. William Dunlop was a professional motorcycle racer from Northern Ireland who died as a result of a racing incident. Dunlop will concentrate on International road races with team mates Sylvain Guintoli and Taylor Mackenzie in British Superbikes and Richard Cooper in National Superstock 1000. His father was killed during practice for this event. [15], After an introduction to the new machine at Mallory Park, Dunlop pre-season tested with teammates at Circuito de Velocidad de Cartagena and Almeria in Spain for five days. View Photos Uploaded By Fans. Going into the second lap with a slender 1.8 second lead over Dean Harrison, Dunlop continued to head the field until he was forced to retire at Handley's Corner. William Dunlop s'est éteint ce week-end en ... le père de William et Michael, qui décédait sur la North West 200. Unfortunately, things didn't go quite to plan and, in the middle of practice week on the Isle of Man, he unceremoniously dumped his Milwaukee Yamaha squad to jump back on BMW and Honda machinery. JPIMedia - Archive. By the end of the four-lap race, Dunlop finished in second place behind Hutchinson. Michael is related to Kristin Annette Jensen and Colin Mark Dunlop as well as 3 additional people. Father, Partner, Son, Brother, Grandson Nephew, Cousin, Friend, Legend. [4] His attitude led to confrontation with his race team,[5] and on occasion, his late brother. [3] Dunlop was the first rider in the history of the Isle of Man TT to achieve a lap of the course in under 17 minutes. [10] The announcement was made at the MCN Motorshow at the Excel, confirming that Dunlop will be riding the 2016 BMW S1000RR. At the start of the 2015 Road Racing season, Dunlop had a poor start with race team Milwaukee Yamaha, and during the practice week of the 2015 Isle of Man TT, he dramatically left Yamaha to rejoin his previous team, BuildBase BMW, in order to give him the best chance of a good result. He assisted paramedics and marshals and one of the most poignant pictures from this year's event was of Michael carrying his brother on a stretcher to the waiting air ambulance.