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Michael Dunlop still has TT Sidecar aim
8 March 2012
Northern Ireland road racing juggernaut Michael Dunlop's hopes of competing in the Sidecar TT in June remain a possibility depending on the availability of funding.
Dunlop successfully tested a Sidecar outfit at Jurby on the Isle of Man last November with Dan Sayle in the passenger seat and outlined his desire to try his luck in the class at the TT.
After announcing his plans for 2012 this week, with Dunlop joining forces with McAdoo Racing under the Michael Dunlop Racing umbrella, he said: “As far as the Sidecar race goes at the TT I'm not sorted out yet because I haven't got all the funds gathered up that I need.
“I still need to try and get some money in to run the whole thing but if something else comes up I'll go for it because I'm behind Dan [Sayle] and we get on well."
The 23-year-old will make his debut in the Supertwin class in 2012 as he joins a quality entry at the Relentless International North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Dunlop will ride a Kawasaki ER6 but was keen to point out that his Supertwin commitments will take a back seat as he sets off in pursuit of more success on the big international stage.
Last year, he added his second TT victory in the Superstock race on the Mountain course and completed a hat-trick at the Ulster Grand Prix to cap a magnificent season, which also included victory in the feature race at the Southern 100.
"I'll ride a Supertwin ER6 at the North West, TT and Ulster Grand Prix but I'm not going to get too caught up in it because I'm concentrating on the big bikes - that's the most important thing for me.
"I might give it a run out at some of the national races but I'll not be putting too much into it because I've other more important things to think about."
Dunlop has a Honda Fireblade for the Superbike class, plus a Kawasaki ZX-10R Superstock machine and a Suzuki GSX-R600, previously raced in the British Supersport class by Marty Nutt.
"I know where I'm at with my Superstock bike because I've won races on it last year - it's fast and I have all my settings from last year, so we've a good start with the 'Stock bike," he added.
"That leaves me free to put my main efforts into the Superbike and the 600cc Suzuki. The Suzuki is a new bike for me, so I want to get it right. It was raced by Marty Nutt but we'll be building our own engine for it.
"We had the 600 Yamaha R6 at its maximum last year so the chance was
there to try something different so I thought we'd have a go at it."
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