Michael Dunlop's deal to compete with Buildbase BMW in the major road races this season is to include a handful of additional outings in the MCE British Superbike Championship, it has been confirmed.

A four-time winner at the Isle of Man TT in 2013, Dunlop makes the switch to BMW machinery this season as part of a deal that will see him receive factory backing from the German manufacturer through Hawk Racing, which in turn represents the firm at British Superbike level.

As such, Dunlop has been lined up to get acquainted with the BMW S1000RR by entering the opening two rounds of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park.

The move creates a formidable three-man line-up for the Buildbase-backed team, with Dunlop joining 2013 Title Showdown contender James Westmoreland and former champion Ryuichi Kiyonari, who makes a much anticipated switch from Honda this season.

It also means Dunlop will go head-to-head with road racing rival Ian Hutchinson, who announced his plans to enter a full season of BSB racing aboard the FFX Yamaha earlier this year.

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