TT2018: William Dunlop withdraws from this year's event
William Dunlop has withdrawn from the remainder of this year's Isle of Man TT
Dunlop suffered heavy bruising in a crash at the North West 200 earlier this month but took part in the first two practice sessions for the TT.
The 32-year-old made the decision to quit the meeting after holding discussions with team boss Tim Martin.
"This is a very difficult decision, not one I have taken lightly," said Dunlop.
Dunlop at Ballaugh Bridge in Monday night’s qualifying
Dunlop, 32, highsided from his Yamaha R1 at Church Corner but a subsequent medical examination showed that he did not break any bones in the fall.
"I can only apologise to the team and all of our sponsors but I believe that continuing would be the wrong decision and I would not give a true account of either myself or the team," explained Dunlop.
"I would like to thank Tim especially for how understanding and supportive he has been over the past few weeks, I obviously feel like I have let him and the team down but they have stood by me throughout.
"I am going to head home and take some time to recuperate before making a decision on when I will be back on the Temple Yamahas."
Dunlop with the Yamaha R6 which he rode in the 2018 NW200
Yamaha team 'extremely disappointed'
"There is no race in the world however where having 100% focus and commitment is more important so it is the correct decision in the end for William.
"Hopefully after a few weeks off he will come back stronger, we all know what a natural talent he is so having a fit and well William back to fight for wins at the Ulster Grand Prix is now our focus."
The Ballymoney man, who also sat out last year's Ulster Grand Prix racing after being injured in a domestic accident, has had an indifferent start to the season and has struggled to get to grips with the new Yamaha R6.
He had however been making positive noises about the progress he was making in the set-up of his Yamaha R1 Superbike and lapped at over 125mph in Monday night's opening Superbike practice session on the Isle of Man.
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