A video showing Isle of Man TT star Michael Dunlop making his MotoGP debut at Sepang in Malaysia, on Thursday.

The 28-year-old has been invited by Suzuki to the private test - alongside the factory's MotoAmerica champion Toni Elias and Australian champion Josh Waters - as a reward for winning last year's Senior TT on the all-new GSX-R1000.

Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli gave the trio a breifing on the controls and what to watch out for with the seamless gearbox and carbon brakes, before Waters completed two runs.

The Australian champion then handed over to Dunlop, who rode a long first run - returning to the pits a few minutes ago:

Dunlop and Waters are expected to complete more laps, but Elias is still waiting for his leathers to arrive.

There is no official timing at the private test.


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It's starting to hot up, good to see Michael DUnlop getting under the Suzuki... sounds great...

I'd love to know how his times were....pity they weren't released.

I wouldn't expect any revelations be seeing his lap times at any circuit.

If you see the lap times he posted at BSB events, you'll have an idea that he'll not be within 5 seconds of anything here.

he's bred for a different game.

Yeah, I agree that road riders don't necessarily make great circuit riders (and vice versa) but I guess never say never ! There could be a first :)

Never heard of the likes of Steve Hislop or Carl Fogarty I guess......

Both world class circuit and phenomenal road racers....

100% right - similar machinery, but different sport ..

same as roadracing and motocross  or  basketball and football ..

He's not really competing at BSB events, he's having a run out on the bike when he's doing them, he's beaten guys like Seeley, Lowes, Ellison, Farmer and Irwin on the circuits in Ireland.


But no I wouldn't expect much here either this is a different level of circuit racing, different level of machinery and a track he's never been round before.

A racer like Dunlop doesn't "not really compete" when he's lined up with other racers.

Its about time the fastest road gun was given a chance - well done suzuki..he'll be quick out of the box and frightened of nothing!! AWESOME

Numerous short circuit racers through the years have won road racing events, look it up. Of the modern Era Hickman, Seeley & Irwin are all pure bread short circuit racers and have won major road racing events in last few years.