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Tandragee 100: Dunlop makes late about-turn

3 May 2013

Michael Dunlop has made a late decision to contest this weekend's Tandragee 100 Irish national roads meeting in Northern Ireland.

Dunlop, who will ride for the Honda TT Legends team at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT in the Superbike class this season, was a double winner over Guy Martin in the feature class at the Cookstown 100, which lifted the curtain on the Irish season last weekend.

He took a Superbike and Supersport double at Tandragee in 2012 and the three-times TT winner from Ballymoney is also the outright lap record holder at the 5.3-mile circuit.

Dunlop initially planned to skip the event, but arrived at the circuit late on Friday for practice and claimed pole position for the Superbike class on his Honda Fireblade.

"I had been testing the Honda Legends Fireblade at Castle Combe all week and we got an earlier boat back home than we expected," he told the Belfast News Letter.

"I only decided late on Friday afternoon that I'd go and when I got there the roads were already closed for practice, so I had to push the bike up the road."

Six-time world champion Jim Redman MBE will take part in a special parade of classic machines at Tandragee along with ex-Irish road racing greats including Ray McCullough and Brian Reid.


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