Dunlop Dies After Crash at NW200
By: Tasha Crook | Published 16 May 2008, 13:05 | Views: 2,836 | tags: robert dunlop, fatality, nw200, north west 200, road racing
Legend and motorcycles racer Robert Dunlop has died after suffering severe chest injuries at the North West 200 in Thursday's practice session. Dunlop and the other riders were travelling at speeds of about 160mph as they approached the Mathers Cross section of the course in Portrush. The 47 year olds bike appeared to seize and lock up and he was thrown over the handlebars. Robert died of his injuries shortly after arriving at the Causway Hospital, at nearby Coleraine at 22:00 BST.Clerk of the course Mervyn Whyte said he was devastated by the death and went on to say, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Robert's family and we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Louise, children William, Daniel and Michael and wider family circle," Whyte said.
"The MCUI (UC) - Motor Cycling Union of Ireland and PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) are in the process of fully investigating the incident which happened during the 125, 250, 400 practice session on the first lap.
"Robert was one of Northern Ireland's best known and most experienced riders, who will always been remembered for his infectious personality and love for road racing."
First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said they were deeply saddened by the death.
"This is a tragedy that will be felt deeply by the people of Northern Ireland," Mr Paisley said. "Robert was one of our greatest sportsmen and will be sadly missed."
Mr McGuinness said: "Robert, like his brother Joey before him, was a tremendous ambassador for his sport.
"I also offer my sincerest sympathies to his family."
Northern Ireland Sports Minister Edwin Poots said: "Robert was a much loved respected and talented member of the motorsport community and will be missed by all."
Robert Dunlop had an infectious personality and will always be remembered for his love of road racing. He was survived by his wife Louise and their children William, Daniel and Michael.
Londonbikers would like to offer his family and friends our condolences.