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Dunlop tight-lipped on EWC speculation

28 February 2013

Michael Dunlop has refused to speculate over whether or not he could replace Australian Cameron Donald in Honda's Endurance World Championship line-up.

On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Donald has left the team by mutual agreement to spend more time with his family.

He will still compete at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT on Northern Ireland team owner Wilson Craig's Honda machines.

Dunlop is already part of the Honda TT Legends team having signed a deal to contest the Superbike races alongside John McGuinness and Michael Rutter at the NW200 and Isle of Man TT.

However, the three-times TT winner wouldn't be drawn on whether or not he could be offered the opportunity to fill the void left by Donald for the four-round Endurance World Championship series.

A fit and lean Dunlop, who has dropped three stone in weight since Christmas, told the Belfast News Letter: “I've heard that Cameron has left but as far as I'm concerned I've heard nothing from Honda about replacing him, so it's as you were at the minute.

“I don't want to say too much about it at the moment until we see what does or doesn't happen, so it's a wait-and-see job.”

The 24-year-old will take part in a test with the team at Albacete in Spain next week, where he will ride the Legends CBR1000RR Fireblade for the first time.

Donald's shock decision leaves McGuinness, Rutter and Simon Andrews as the current EWC line-up at Honda.

The first round of the series is the legendary Bol d'Or 24-hour meeting at Magny-Cours in France from April 20-21.


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