Injury Hinders William at the Ulster Grand Prix

Unfortunately the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix was not to be for William as he turned up in the paddock with a heavily strapped right hand. William had broken a bone in his wrist the previous Monday. However in true Dunlop tradition William was determined to work through the pain and do what he does best, race.

Not only did William break his wrist, he broke the speed trap record at UGP becoming the only man to break the 200MPH barrier!

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William had previously stated that he wanted to win the superbike race and Alistair and the team had put in long hours and the big bike was now as they wanted it, also having had all the problems with the R6 again the team had worked tirelessly to remedy those issues too.

William had proved he meant business on Thursdays qualifying sessions as he went through the Flying Kilo speed trap clocking a staggering speed of 200.4mph, the first rider to break the 200mph marker, however after practice and with a lot of soul searching William decided to withdraw from the Superbike and Superstock classes due to the wrist injury, William was determined however to still go out on the R6 in the Supersport class. William worked through the pain in the qualifying session on Thursday and rested the arm on Friday.

Saturday morning saw William starting on the second row of the grid in what was to develop into a fantastic supersport race which saw some very close battles between the first six riders throughout the 6 lap race with the race eventually being won by Peter Hickman and William finishing in 5th place barley a second and a half behind the winner.

Bad luck continued to hit William for the second Supersport race when a red flag incident stopped the first session and when the race was about to be restarted William had a clutch issue which prevented him getting away for the race.

A disappointed William could only apologise to his team, sponsors and fans but will surely bounce back. William is now heading off to the Manx Classic and then will be out at Goodwood which will probably rule him out of the last national race of the season at the East Coast Racing event around the old Killalane circuit in September. William is however hoping to get along to the prestigious Sunflower Races at Bishops Court next month.