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ExiledGael

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Robert Dunlop killed in North West 200
« on: May 15, 2008, 10:29:10 PM »
Dunlop seriously ill after crash

Motorcyclist Robert Dunlop is seriously ill after suffering severe chest injuries in a crash in Thursday's practice session at the North West 200.
Another Northern Ireland rider, Darren Burns, suffered a suspected broken leg and concussion in the accident, but is said to be stable in hospital.
The accident happened in the 250cc qualifying as the riders approached the Mathers Cross Section of the course.
Dunlop's brother Joey was killed in a racing accident in Estonia in 2000.
The riders were travelling at speeds of about 160 miles per hour when the accident happened.
Dunlop's bike appeared to seize and he went over the handlebars.
Burns was following behind and was unable to avoid hitting the Ballymoney rider.
Robert Dunlop sustained serious injuries in a crash at the Isle of Man TT in 1994 before later returning to action.


I know the debate comes up every year, but is this sport worth all this?
The latest in the area suggests he has serious head injuries also.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2008, 11:41:01 PM by ExiledGael »

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Re: North West madness
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2008, 10:31:42 PM »
Jesus. I hope he pulls through!
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Re: North West madness
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2008, 10:42:03 PM »
Apparently he has died within last half an hour. RIP

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Re: North West madness
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2008, 10:43:32 PM »
Where'd you hear that Steve?
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Re: North West madness
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2008, 10:45:01 PM »
F365 forum, a poster on there

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Re: North West madness
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2008, 10:45:10 PM »
Apparently he has died within last half an hour. RIP

If true.............. that's it ... has to be ....

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Re: North West madness
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2008, 10:50:03 PM »
Thats brutal, RIP indeed.

The debate does come up often, but its worthwhile. The main issue seems to be how much do you protect people from themselves. It must be absolutely terrifying to be close to someone who competes - the sport is on the edge all the time. I don't think I could put those close to me in that situation regularly, especially when you're seeing the heartbreak so often. But then for those riders its their whole life...

May he rest in peace if that news is true. 

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Re: North West madness
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2008, 10:51:37 PM »
no definite source yet

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Re: North West madness
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2008, 11:02:30 PM »
Radio Ulster 11.00 RIP Robert...

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Re: North West madness
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2008, 11:06:20 PM »
RIP Robert and God Bless.
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Re: North West madness
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2008, 11:07:19 PM »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/motorbikes/7403931.stm

Robert Dunlop dies after NW crash 
 
Dunlop survived a major accident on the Isle of Man TT in 1994
Motorcyclist Robert Dunlop has died after suffering severe chest injuries in a crash in Thursday's practice session at the North West 200.

Another Northern Ireland rider, Darren Burns, suffered a suspected broken leg and concussion in the accident, but is said to be stable in hospital.

The accident happened in the 250cc qualifying as the riders approached the Mathers Cross Section of the course.

Dunlop's brother Joey was killed in a racing accident in Estonia in 2000.

The riders were travelling at speeds of about 160 miles per hour when the accident happened.

Dunlop's bike appeared to seize and he went over the handlebars.


Burns was following behind and was unable to avoid hitting the Ballymoney rider.

Robert Dunlop sustained serious injuries in a crash at the Isle of Man TT in 1994 before later returning to action
 


RIP

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Re: North West madness
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2008, 11:12:15 PM »
God rest his soul.

Can we now call a halt to this suicidal "sport" ?
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Re: North West madness
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2008, 11:29:20 PM »
I went into Portstewart a wee run yesterday with the weather being good. I am no fan of motor cycling, but there was a real buzz about the place. I was just thinking when the wee lads a year older next year to take him up. However there are downsides to the week too, as we have just learnt.

Another sad day for the Dunlop family.

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Re: North West madness
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2008, 11:34:11 PM »
Very sad news!! RIP!

Surely the future of this sport, if it can be described as sport should be seriously examined. Deaths of young men becoimg all too common!!


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Re: North West madness
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2008, 11:42:54 PM »
Sad news.

I cant understand why people go to watch this stuff. I love F1 and track motor cycling, but that sport(?) is mad. Why are we made to wear seat belts in cars if people can still ride bikes at speed on the open road?
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