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|01-16-2015, 06:10 AM||#1|
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Michael Dunlop will ride new R1 for Milwaukee Yamaha
Ballymoney man confident in both the bike and the team for 2015
BALLYMONEY rider Michael Dunlop has secured a deal to ride for the Milwaukee Yamaha team at the 2015 Isle of Man TT races, North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix.
Despite speculation regarding whether Dunlop would race in 2015 or not, the 25-year-old will be provided with a full-spec Yamaha YZF-R1 for the Superbike and Senior TT races as well as at the NW200 and UGP.
Dunlop made his TT debut in 2007 after winning the 2006 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers Race, however road racing is naturally in his blood with his dad being Robert Dunlop and his uncle 26-time TT winner Joey Dunlop.
“I’ve gone on record as saying that I’ll only race if the package is right and in the Milwaukee Yamaha team I’m confident in both the bike and the support team that will be in place," said Dunlop.
"We’ve already had a look at the bike that I’ll be riding and the early indications are really good but I’m looking forward just to getting out on the track and testing it properly.”
Since 2007, Dunlop has 11 TT victories, the fastest lap of the TT course at 131.890mph and the fastest-ever standing start lap around the 37 ¾ mile Mountain Course. With his experience and the experience of Milwaukee Yamaha and it's team owner Shaun Muir, it is a definite that Dunlop and his new team will be looking to add to his TT victories.
Milwaukee Yamaha team owner, Muir, added: “Michael Dunlop has proved himself to be the leading road racer over the last few years and his recent TT record is second to none.
"We are really confident that the new Yamaha will prove to be more than competitive on the Isle of Man and in Michael we have the rider to deliver its potential.”
Back in November last year, Muir explained that Josh Brookes, who previously raced with Milwaukee Yamaha in 2014, would not be competing the following year as 'the YZF-R1 development programme needs the team to concentrate purely on circuit racing'.
Now Milwaukee Yamaha will be back in the road racing paddock, it's possible Brookes may race at the Isle of Man TT in 2015 after all despite no official confirmation as of yet.
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