Tyco BMW’s William Dunlop will not be racing in the remaining Isle of Man TT races after a crash during Monday’s qualifying session left him with a broken rib.
An Isle of Man TT press release stated that Dunlop was riding his BMW Motorrad S1000RR, and was on course for an impressive lap time during Monday’s Superstock qualifying session, when he crashed at Laurel Bank. The 29-year-old from Balleymoney was taken to Noble’s Hospital with suspected chest injuries. His team later issued a statement indicating that Dunlop had sustained a broken rib and severe bruising.
Gutted not to be racing tonight let boys down thanks to all support they have gave me have wait another year good luck to everyone out
Tyco BMW team manager Philip Neill was quoted in the press release as saying, “It’s a cruel blow for William and obviously for the team at what is effectively the biggest road racing event of the year for us all. We had high hopes for William in our first year here at the TT with BMW Motorrad, but we are relieved that he is relatively unscathed, having crashed at a very unforgiving part of the circuit.”
The team also announced on Twitter that William had asked his teammate Guy Martin to ride the Victory TT Zero bike “to honour his commitment to the team”.