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Dunlop to ride factory Kawasaki in 2011

Michael Dunlop will ride at the Isle of Man TT and North West 200 aboard a Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki in 2011.
Michael Dunlop will ride a factory-prepared Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki on the 2011 Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and in the Ulster Grand Prix, it has been announced.

Dunlop, son of Robert Dunlop and nephew of Joey Dunlop – both hugely successful road racers – will compete as part of the World Superbike contending PBM Kawasaki team in both the Superbike and Superstock classes for the trio of events.

Keen to build on form that saw him claim two second positions and one third during last year's TT, Dunlop opted for the reassurance of a factory-backed team having been chased by the likes of Relentless by TAS Suzuki.

"I'm grateful to Paul (Bird) for giving me this opportunity - it's great to be riding for a factory team and have my own people on board again too," Dunlop told the BBC

"There's no reason why I can't win big bike races on this bike and make a name for myself by following in the footsteps of my dad Robert and uncle Joey," he added.

Dunlop will also compete at Supersport level, albeit on a Yamaha.



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop took his first Billown circuit win at the 2010 Southern 100, and added a second just 24 hours later (Southern 100 Racing)
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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joe - Unregistered

March 13, 2011 1:30 PM

well we know you guys are no fans of michael or have never spoken to him.He is a gent and always has time to say hello you guys are full of it michael is one of the best road racers in the world and he will prove it this year BRING IT ON



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