It is almost time for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to kick off, and that means that it is also time for another famous motorcycle race to get under way. The Isle of Man TT is known worldwide and often used as a comparison to the PPIHC. However, this British racing tradition is a far cry from our American Race to the Clouds, and that difference is something that every racer has to weigh carefully. And at this year’s TT, veteran racer William Dunlop had to make a decision many racers dread.
Is William Dunlop Out of the Isle of Man TT?
Race winner and all-around fan favorite William Dunlop is no stranger to the Isle of Man TT. Though he has never actually won the race, fans have been anticipating his eventual TT win as every year he creeps a little closer. Unfortunately, 2018 will not be the year the Irishman breaks through.
Every year, many of the competitors who race the Isle of Man participate in the Irish Road Racing Championship. On that tour, racers battle it out on genuine Irish roads, making the series one of the only national championships to actually use public streets. At the North West 200 stop on this championship, William Dunlop suffered a major high side. The crash left the man’s back bruised but not fractured. However, with only a few days till the races at the Isle of Man TT, it appeared uncertain if the man would race.
Showing up to the Isle of Man, Dunlop was in good spirits and seemed confident in his ability to race. But as practice unfolded, the racer’s confidence also waivered. The TT course is known as one of the most dangerous motorcycle racing courses in the entire world. It’s not a track you want to tangle with if you are not at 100 percent. William Dunlop recognized this and informed his team and the press that he would not be competing the day before racing began.
Racers at the Isle of Man TT are already brave, but admitting that now was probably not the time to race was especially hard for Dunlop. Considering his brother Michael is a TT winner, and his uncle Joey is a legendary TT champion, the decision not to race could not have been easy. But when the Isle of Man is involved, your life could literally be on the line.
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