Dunlop agrees to BMW switch

Published Wednesday, 12 February 2014
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Michael Dunlop has a deal in place to ride a factory-supported BMW Superbike at this year's international road races including the North West 200.

Dunlop agrees to BMW switch
Michael Dunlop with the BMW S1000RR Superbike that he will race in 2014. (© Pacemaker)

The Ballymoney competitor will also ride a BMW Superstock with support from his MD Racing Team backers.

The deal appears to be the one Dunlop had been looking for after he had previously indicated he would take a year out if the right offer did not come in for him.

He will compete at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix but may also take on some short circuits.

Dunlop failed to agree a new deal with Honda for this year despite winning four Isle of Man TT wins in their colours last year.

The 24-year-old won the Supersport race at last year's North West and dominated the road racing season.

He had threatened to sit out this season after splitting with the official Honda road race team last November before he finalised a deal with the German company last week.

I have won on Yamahas, Hondas and Kawasakis and I am not scared of the thought of getting on to a new bike and trying to win.

Michael Dunlop

Dunlop said: "BMW made it very clear that they want me to race for them and it is a new challenge for me, something very different.

"BMW have said that they will do what it takes to win and they have put all their eggs in my basket to make their bike competitive.

"That is good to see and now it is down to me to deliver."

Dunlop's road race effort will be run by Hawk Racing with full technical support from BMW technical chief Bertie Hauser and his Motorrad HP RaceSupport team in Germany.

Lee Nicholls from BMW added: "We wanted Michael Dunlop because of what he has done so far in his career and it is clear what his ambitions are.

"He has impressed us with his great technical understanding and he has a huge competitive desire to win.

Dunlop will also continue to operate his own Michael Dunlop Racing team, running a still unspecified 600cc machine out of his own awning.

It is also understood that he will have the Superstock BMW available for racing in the smaller Irish national events.

NW200 event director, Mervyn White said: "It will be really exciting for the fans to see Michael on the grid on the new BMWs at this year's racing.

"The BMW factory has won races in World Superbikes and there is no doubt that with the new bike's speed and Michael's talent he will be challenging for North West wins in May."

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Comments Comments
Niall McA in Armagh wrote (351 days ago):
Great news, wouldn't have been a proper race calendar without him. Wring the neck of it and bring them all home Michael.
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (352 days ago):
Looking forward to seeing him again at the NW200
John in downpatrick wrote (353 days ago):
Bring it on Micky D, you are the man!
BigC in Ballyclare wrote (353 days ago):
Go ahead my son you had me worried about sitting out 2014 can't wait to see you on those starting lines .Best of luck Michael (although you don't need it)...
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