Friday 18 January 2019

Dunlop dedicates win to Brien

Irish star leads tributes to tragic compatriot

MICHAEL DUNLOP, the son of the late Robert Dunlop, led the tributes to top Irish motorcyclist Derek Brien (pictured), who was killed during the Isle of Man TT races yesterday.

Michael, also the nephew of racing legend Joey Dunlop who died in an accident in 2000, managed a second Isle of Man TT triumph as he took victory in yesterday's Superstock race.

Speaking afterwards, he dedicated his win to Meath man Brien, who was killed after he crashed on the second lap of the race. "Derek's sponsor and my sponsor are best of friends," Mr Dunlop said.

"It was a big loss. That one was for him, out of our team. Our hearts go out to everybody."

The 34-year-old, from Bellewstown, is the third fatality at this year's Isle of Man TT races.

Also offering tributes was North West 200 technical director Mervyn Whyte, who said he was a talented rider who will be missed.

"He was an established rider, he was a good rider and a good competitor at the NW 200. And it was sad to see he lost his life at the TT."

Brien, a former Manx Grand Prix winner, also suffered injuries at the Isle of Man race in 2009 when he had to be airlifted for treatment after his bike crashed.

Brien's death is the third to blight this year's event after sidecar competitor Bill Currie, 67, and his passenger Kevin Morgan, 59, died in a crash in qualifying last Tuesday.

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