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Joey Dunlop Tribute from the TT Website

As Reported on SportLive

King Joey, the master road racer
by Dave Fern

Joey Dunlop, who died on Sunday when his 125cc bike crashed in Estonia, was the acknowledged master of road racing.

His pedigree was without equal: five times World TT Formula One champion and a winner of 26 races on the infamous Isle of Man TT Mountain Course.

Dunlop was a rider of sheer class and style. At times it seemed no feat was beyond the remarkable publican from Ballymoney. Only last month, we had thrilled to his winning treble at the Isle of Man as he defied the odds to clinch the TT Formula One race, followed by success in the 250cc TT and 125cc races.

They were moments to savour for a man who lost his way the first time he raced the Mountain Course in 1976.

Dunlop was awarded the MBE for his riding skills and then received the OBE in recognition of his charitable deeds, which included lone journeys to stricken parts of eastern Europe with truckloads of clothes, food and toys. As a devoted family man - married to Linda, with five children Julie, Donna, Gary, Richard and Joanne - it was second nature to him to help.

In what proved to be his final TT festival, the 48-year-old was honoured by Manx leaders with a replica Sword of State. It was inscribed: "King of the Mountain."

Ulster's leading politicians on Sunday night paid tribute to Dunlop. A joint statement by First Minister David Trimble and deputy Seamus Mallon read: "Joey was a brilliant sportsman, a true man of the people, and a wonderful ambassador for Northern Ireland."

All of us at TT Website wish to extend our sincerest and deepest sympathy to the family of William Joseph, The Legend who's accomplishments will live forever.

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