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Watch: This stunning William Dunlop portrait will help raise funds for road racer's widow

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Billy's pencil sketch of the late William Dunlop
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It's sure to become a treasured memento of a much lamented sporting hero - a new pencil portrait of the late William Dunlop.

And every purchase of the limited edition print will benefit the tragic road racer's pregnant partner Janine Brolly, who is already mum to William's two-year-old daughter Ella.

Pre-orders of the stunning A4 artwork by 'Billy the Artist' (real name David Bell) will be taken up until September 9, and even at £25 a time there's likely to be no shortage of takers.

William (32) was killed during practice for the Skerries 100 road races in Co Dublin on July 7.

It was the latest tragedy to befall the legendary Dunlop road racing dynasty, following the deaths of William's uncle Joey and father Robert, both of whom died doing what made the Armoy brothers world famous.

William, whose younger brother Michael is understood to be considering his future in the thrilling but dangerous sport, had been making his return to competition, having pulled out of this year's Isle of Man TT to be with Janine, who will receive a royalty from each print sale.

Full-time artist Billy (47), who is renowned for his depictions of the road racing scene, said the poignant portrait of William was completed over a period of three days.

"I get the outline down first, and then I start with his eyes, nose and mouth and then I work from there," he explained.

Video: Public pay tributes to William Dunlop

"There's no formula that I copy each time other than I pick up a pencil and away we go. That's about the size of it. I just get on with it."

His website, billyart.co.uk, offers a link to a time lapse video so people can watch the drawing take shape, from the very first pencil line to the finish. "I put the time lapses up so that people can see the art actually being produced," he said.

"Janine is getting the original pencil drawing. I've taken that to the framers. The value of it is around £700 for the amount of work that's in it. I'm sending that over to Janine because it's William and it's obviously horrible what's happened.

"Then I get the prints reproduced as a Giclee fine art print so that it's accessible to as many people as possible at an affordable price."

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/8/2017: William Dunlop on the start line for practice at the Classic TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

For the artist, the passion for his work stems from a boyhood love of road racing.

"I loved bikes and I enjoyed following the road racing scene for my own personal pleasure," said Billy, who is married to classical music tutor Sharon (48) with whom he has three children, twins Peter and Hannah (24) and John (22). "I've got a Bonneville (motorcycle) but I don't compete. I stick to what I'm good at with drawing and painting."

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1/11/2000: Robert Dunlop with his son, William (16). William rode his Dad's 125cc Honda for his first taste of racing at Aghadowey.

The Staffordshire-based artist has been connected to the legendary Dunlop family for many years, having first been contacted to paint Joey by his widow Linda's friend. "That's how I ended up doing the art of Joey and there's copies of the art up in Joey's Bar," he said. "When the tragedy happened with William I was already planning on doing a piece of art on him because I haven't done William for a few years now and everyone was asking me to do one at that obviously sad and difficult time."

It wasn't until late last Sunday that the family got back to Billy with the go-ahead. Like Linda, Janine will get a royalty of £5 for each print sold, while Billy covers all the production costs, including postage and packaging.

"Because this was such an unfortunate set of circumstances, the print is available for pre-order up until September 9 and that will determine the edition," he explained.

"At the moment, it's between 150 and 200. Joey Dunlop's pictures, they tend to be an edition of 300-350. The one that I've done of Joey of his very last TT win, that's an 850-edition, so it just depends on what people want.

"It's literally down to the people out there who will determine the size of the edition by the pre-orders by September 9."

Billy revealed that he once met William, then aged 27, at Belfast Motorcycle show in 2012, when he brought his youngest son John to the Ulster Grand Prix.

"He was a quiet, lovely, lovely gentleman," Billy recalled. "I was there with my art and William saw that. It was nice to chat with him."

"He was a quiet, lovely, lovely gentleman," Billy recalled. "I was there with my art and William saw that. It was nice to chat with him."

But Billy admitted William's late father Robert is one of the road racers he hasn't yet painted - but he has plans to do so.

"Robert is the person who I've not done yet. I've done Michael, William and Joey. I have an incredible to-do list as you can imagine. There's more than 20 riders on this year's list. Robert will be on the list for next year. People keep asking for specifics and there's a beautiful image of Robert and Joey together coming round a roundabout."

The A4 prints cost £25 including UK postage and packaging and £35 for international orders.

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Billy's pencil sketch of the late William Dunlop

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Billy the Artist, aka David Bell

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/8/2017: William Dunlop on the start line for practice at the Classic TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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William Dunlop racing during practice at Skerries today. Pacemaker

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Paul Jordan and William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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William Dunlop racing during practice at Skerries today. PACEMAKEER BELFAST 07/07/2018

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 20/3/2017: William Dunlop with his Caffrey International R6 Yamaha he will race in the Supersport class in 2017. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 7/7/2018: William Dunlop in action on the Temple Golf Club Yamaha during practice for the Skerries 100 today. William died in crash during the session. PICTURE BY DEREK WILSON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2010: Michael and William Dunlop in their father Robert's Memorial Garden in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 7/7/2018: Gardai at the scene where William Dunlop suffered a fatal crash during practice for the Skerries 100 today.

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Northern Ireland- 13th August 2014 Mandatory Credit - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com William Dunlop in action on board his superbike at practice for the Dundrod 150 and Ulster Grand Prix road races.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 25/8/2017: Michael and William Dunlop at Classic TT practice tonight. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2014: William Dunlop celebrates after winning the opening Superbike race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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William Dunlop and his partner Janine arrive at the Adelaide Motorcycle Awards in Belfast in 2014. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/1/2014.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/06/13: Brothers Michael (MD Racing Honda) and William Dunlop (Milwaukee Yamaha) in the winners enclosure after finishing first and third in the opening Monster Energy supersport race on his MD Racing Honda at the 2013 Isle of Man TT PHOTO BY STEPHEN DAVISON/PACEMAKER

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/1/2015: That's my boy! William Dunlop, winner of the Race of the Year category at the Adelaide Motorbike awards with his mother Louise. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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William Dunlop at the Armoy Road Races in 2016. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th April 2017 Cookstown 100 Road Races. Pictured: William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 1/5/2015: William Dunlop during Tandragee 100 practice. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 William Dunlop (Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 24/7/2015: William Dunlop (CD Racing Yamaha) celebrates winning the opening 600cc race at the Armoy road races on Friday evening. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th May 2017 Isle of Man TT Practice Week Pictured: William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye Motor Cycling: Tandragee 100 Venue: Tandragee Date: 1st May 2015 Caption: William Dunlop

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th August 2016 Practice sessions for the Plant Lubrication Dundrod 150 and the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix get underway. Pictured: William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Pictured: William Dunlop with fans. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07th June 2017 Isle of Man TT RL360 Quantum Superstock Race Pictured: William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th August 2017 Dundrod 150 Gym Co Ultralightweight / Lightweight Race Pictured: Paul Jordan and William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th August 2017 Ulster Grand Prix & Dundrod 150 Practice Pictured: William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye Road Racing: Cooktown 100 Venue: Orritor Date: 30th April 2016 Race: Supersport 2 Caption: William Dunlop celebrates

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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 3rd June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye William Dunlop (Milwaukee Yamaha) at Creg-Ny-Baa during Monday's Royan London 360 Superstock Race over the Mountain Course during the IOM TT 2013.

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Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. William Dunlop Tyco.

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©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 26th April 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Cookstown 100 road races practice evening. Ballymoney rider William Dunlop.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST, 9/5/2006: Robert Dunlop is the most successful rider in the history of the North West 200 with 14 wins and as he goes for win 15 in 2006 he will have strong competition from his own sons Michael and William. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST,2007: The Dunlop family enjoyed a winning day at teh Mid Antrim 150 with Michael, Dad Robert and William all winning a race apiece. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2008: Robert Dunlop and his three sons Daniel, Michael and William. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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1/11/2000: Robert Dunlop with his son, William (16). William rode his Dad's 125cc Honda for his first taste of racing at Aghadowey.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2014: The Friday evening practice session at the 2014 Tandragee 100 was drawing to a close and the light was disappearing. Only the winding road lay ahead as William sat alone on the line, lost in his thoughts as he waited for the flag to drop. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/7/2000: The Armoy Armada. Joey Dunlop (left) with the other members of the Armoy Armada Frank Kennedy, Jim Dunlop and Mervyn Robinson. Kennedy and Robinson were both killed at the North West 200 in 1976.

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Joey Dunlop 1983

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MOTORCYCLING: JOEY DUNLOP. Joey Dunlop motorbike ace.

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MOTORCYCLING: JOEY DUNLOP.

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TREVOR DICKSON Legend on two wheels August 1991 - Legend on two wheelsMotorbike hero, the late Joey Dunlop makes his way through the Temple 100 paddock at Saintfield.

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15/5/2008 .Joey Dunlop OBE, Northern Ireland motor cycle road racing superstar whose brother Robert died tonight in Coleraine Hospital following a high speed crash during final practice for this weekend's NW200 road races. Legendary TT record winner Joey also died in a bike race accident several years ago.

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MOTORCYCLING: JOEY DUNLOP. Joey Dunlop motorbike ace. 16/08/1980

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Joey Dunlop

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Joey Dunlop funeral July 2000 Thousands of fans attended motorbike ace Joey Dunlop's funeral today at Garryduff, Ballymoney.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 7/7/2000 Thousands of mourners follow the coffin of Racing legend Joey Dunlop at his funeral in Ballymoney this afternoon. Joey's hearse is at the bottom of the screen. PHOTO MARTY WRIGHT/PACEMAKER

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 7/7/2000 Thousands of mourners follow the coffin of Racing legend Joey Dunlop at his funeral in Ballymoney this afternoon. Joey's hearse is on the left of the screen. PHOTO MARTY WRIGHT/PACEMAKER

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PACEMAKER BELFAST.TT 2002 was the first TT since the death of its greatest rider, Joey Dunlop (No12) seen here with Adrian Archibald at Creg Ny Baa in 1999. Dunlop won 26 TTs before being killed in Estonia in 2000. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000: Joey Dunlop on his 250cc Honda at the Cookstown 100. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000: Joey Dunlop leads Gary Dynes on their 125s at the Cookstown 100. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000: Colin Edwards doesn't do this with his SP1! Joey Dunlop gets the Vimto Honda SP1 he will ride at the North West and TT in the air over the Cookstown bumps at the first Ulster road race of the season. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PRESS EYE Ð BELFAST Ð NORTHERN IRELAND 28 April 2007 - Cookstown 100 road races Hayes fuels lightweight 125/400cc Race. ROBERT DUNLOP. Picture Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

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TANDRAGEE 100 Robert Dunlop During the 125 Championship race

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 19/2/2005: Top bike racer Robert Dunlop on the road to recovery after an operation this week to lengthen and straighten the leg that he broke in a horror crash at the Isle of Man TT in 1994. Robert has had 9 operations on the leg and he will have to wear the special cage for 3 months, ruling him out of racing for the 2005 season. But he plans to be back for 2006! PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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Robert Dunlop:Motorcycling/with wife Louise

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 27/5/2002: Little wonder he's smiling! Robert Dunlop topped the 125cc practice times during early morning practice at the Isle of Man TT this morning. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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Robert and Joey Dunlop

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Robert Dunlop gets a peck from wife Louise and mum May after been given the Freedom of the Borough in Ballymoney.MARK JAMIESON.

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Joey Dunlop

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 5/6/2000: 48 year old Joey Dunlop pays no heed to the signs as he blasts into Ballaugh village on his 250cc Honda on his way to winning the Lightweight TT this afternoon at the Isle of Man TT races. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 29/4/2000: Joey Dunlop leads the 250cc race at the Cookstown 100. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/8/2017: William Dunlop on the start line for practice at the Classic TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 23/03/2016 The launch of the 2016 Vauxhall International North West 200 at Titanic Belfast this evening. Front L/R William Dunlop, Jeremy McWilliams and Ryan Farquhar Back Row Alastair Seeley, Peter Hickman, Conor Cummins, Dan Kneen, Michael Rutter, Lee Johnston & John McGuinness Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST,24/4/2015: Mar-Train Yamaha team boss Tim Martin shares a joke with William Dunlop and Dean Harrison during a break in the Cookstown 100 practice on Friday evening. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2008: This photograph of Robert Dunlop and his three sons, Daniel, Michael and William, will always be very special to me. Robert wanted it taken as Daniel was leaving that day for Afghanistan and he said he didnt have a recent picture of himself with his boys. It is heartbreaking that both Robert and William are now no longer with us, lost to the sport to which they had dedicated their lives. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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Pacemaker Press 09/07/2018 Flowers left at the Dunlop Memorial garden in Ballymoney on Monday for road racer William Dunlop, Who was killed during practice event on Saturday at Skerries. William's legendary uncle Joey Dunlop died in 2000 whilst racing in Tallinn, Estonia and just eight years later tragedy struck again when his father Robert was killed during a practice session at the North West 200. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2014: I have been privileged to photograph both generations of the Dunlop road racing family in action. In the 80s and 90s Joey and Robert did battle on the Irish roads and at the TT. Over the last decade it has been Robert's sons, William and Michael, who have gone head to head in races like this at Armoy. The Armoy event began in 2009 and is run on the roads where Mervyn Robinson, Frank Kennedy, Joey and Jim Dunlop of the famous Armoy Armada would have tested their race bikes during unofficial practice sessions! PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 30/4/2016: William Dunlop celebrates his victory in the Supersport race at the Cookstown 100. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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Photographer ©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th May 2015 North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit. First Minister Peter Robinson chats to Race Director Mervyn Whyte and Tyco racer William Dunlop on the grid.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 20/6/2004: The legend lives on- 5-time TT winner Robert Dunlop gets some help from his son, William as he prepares his 125cc Honda for the Athea road races in Co Limerick. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Winner of the EventServ Superbike race William Dunlop

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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th May 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com 2011 Isle of Man TT 1st practice night around the 37.7 mile course. Ballymoney man William Dunlop looks on at his brother Michael.

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©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 10th August 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Ulster Grand Prix 2012 race day. Aer Lingus Supersport race. Race winner William Dunlop along with 2nd place finisher Bruce Anstey and 3rd pace man Lee Johnston.

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Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Eventserv Superbike winner William Dunlop

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Photographer ©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 24th July 2015 Friday nights Supersport race at the Armoy road races, Co. Antrim. Race winner William Dunlop.

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Paying their respects in the Dunlop Memorial Garden in Ballymoney County Antrim after William Dunlop was killed in the Skerries 100 Road Race.

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Flowers at the Dunlop memorial garden after the death of William Dunlop in Skeries 100. Pic by Peter Morrison

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 10/8/2017: The 200mph man! William Dunlop broke through the 200mph speed barrier along the Flying Kilo's speed trap for the first time during practice at the Ulster Grand Prix today on his Temple Golf Club Yamaha. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST: Robert Dunlop with his three sons William, Daniel and Michael...PICTURE COURTESY OF LOUISE DUNLOP

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William Dunlop with his daughter in 2017

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 23/1/2015: That's my boy! William Dunlop, winner of the Race of the Year category at the Adelaide Motorbike awards with his mother Louise. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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Presseye Ltd Belfast-10th August 2007-Photo by William Cherry/Presseye....Robert Dunlop with his sons William and Michael before the Ulster Grand Prix were they will all be competing...

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Isle of Man TT 2/6/2012 Superbike Race 1 William Dunlop on a Honda (Wilson Craig Racing) Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/PRESSEYE/Mervyn McClelland

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/5/2008: Robert Dunlop's sons William and Michael carry his coffin at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near Ballymoney today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Relentless International North West 200. Practice day 2. William Dunlop.

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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th April 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Ballymoney man William Dunlop pictured at the launch of the Relentless International North West 200, in Coleraine Brough, Home of the North West 200.

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Northern Ireland- 19th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Rentless International 2012 Northwest 200. Saturday first race - McKendry Fabrications Superstock Race. William Dunlop wins.

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©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -19th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Relentless International North West 200. McKendry fabrications supersport race. Race winner William Dunlop.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2/12/2012: William Dunlop is all smiles at the Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC this weekend as he sits beside the R1 Yamaha superbike that he will race in 2013 as part of the Milwaukee Yamaha squad. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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William Dunlop and Janine

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William Dunlop passed away after a crash at the Skerries 100 in July.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 25/7/2015: William Dunlop (CD Racing Yamaha) celebrates winning the 600cc race ahead of Guy Martin (Tyco Suzuki) and Dean Harrison (Mar Train Yamaha) at the Armoy road races today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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William Dunlop and Janine

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 24/8/2017: William Dunlop, Classic TT. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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A SOD OFF THE OUL BANK I think they call this corner on the Mid-Antrim course OHaras Bend. They are usually named after the farmer or some local landmark, often the original inspiration having long since been lost to memory. But Dunlop is a name synonymous with road racing and this youngster is carrying on a fine tradition that will never be forgotten. William Dunlop, son of Robert and nephew of Joey, is the latest road racer from the worlds most famous road racing stable. Roberts other son Michael has also entered the fray and Sam Dunlop, son of Jim, the fourth member of the infamous Armoy Armada, is a roads regular too. The younger generation have lost none of the older guys style, as William cuts a line so tight at OHaras even the grass has to get out of the way. Sam Dunlop won the Newcomers 125cc Manx Grand Prix in 2005. William will compete in the TT for the first time in 2006 to carry on the illustrious Dunlop tradition and keep Ballymoney at the centre of the pure road racing world. William Dunlop, Mid-Antrim, 2005.

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Photographer ©Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 24th July 2015 Friday nights Supersport race at the Armoy road races, Co. Antrim. Race winner William Dunlop.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: Motorcycle racer William Dunlop's is buried beside his father Robert and uncle, Joey Dunlop after his funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today. Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday. Robert Dunlop died after crashing at the 2008 North West 200 and Joey lost his life in a crash at a race in Estonia in 2000. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: William Dunlop's grandmother May at the motorcycle racer's funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today. Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: William Dunlop's uncle, Jim and his cousin Gary, the son of Joey, carry his coffin at the funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today. Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 11/7/2018: Motorcycle racer William Dunlop's partner Janine and his mother Louise, (centre) at his funeral at Garryduff Presbyterian church outside Ballymoney today. Dunlop was killed in a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 last Saturday. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 11/7/2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan William Dunlop’s pregnant partner Janine and mother Louise arrive at church - Thousands of mourners have gathered in County Antrim for the funeral of road racer William Dunlop. The Ballymoney rider died after a crash during practice at a race meeting in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. A service is being held at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near the 32-year-old's hometown of Ballymoney. William's death comes after his father Robert died at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey Dunlop was killed in a crash in 2000.

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Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 11/7/2018 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Thousands of mourners have gathered in County Antrim for the funeral of road racer William Dunlop. The Ballymoney rider died after a crash during practice at a race meeting in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. A service is being held at Garryduff Presbyterian Church near the 32-year-old's hometown of Ballymoney. William's death comes after his father Robert died at the North West 200 in 2008 and his uncle Joey Dunlop was killed in a crash in 2000.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2014: This picture of William oDunlop n the Tyco Suzuki is from Walderstown in Co Westmeath. It is a typical Irish road racing scene and it was at those events William excelled. William won 108 races at the smaller National events plus four NW200s and seven Ulster Grands Prix which made him the fourth most successful rider on the Irish roads of all-time. Only Ryan Farquhar, his uncle Joey and his father Robert won more. Many of these races are run in small, out of the way places where very little else ever happens. The locals are delighted to see the road racing circus appear. They throw open their doors to photographers and are thrilled to have famous names like the Dunlop family in their midst for the weekend. By taking part in these small events the Dunlops help preserve the National road racing scene in Ireland. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 William Dunlop (Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/5/2016: William Dunlop ,NW200. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON Front

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JOEY DUNLOP SPORTED A NEW ACCESSORY TO THE RACING ENSEMBLE FOR THE 2000 SEASON- A PAIR OF SPECTACLES! THEY WERE KEPT IN THE TOOL BOX WITH THE REST OF THE KIT.