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Michael Dunlop hasn't ruled out Sidecar plans at TT

'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' - Michael Dunlop

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."

Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop unveils his new livery on his Kawasaki ZX-10R Superstock machine for 2012
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
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.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
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.

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SIMON R - Unregistered

March 12, 2012 1:33 PM

Hiya Guys. Just a question about Michael Dunlop.Why is he riding for a team that he funds himself with a few sponsors,and not a full blown factory team that would get right behind him ala Martin,John Mc Etc.Do they not think he is good enough.Though he comes from good stock,he seems to be very close to the edge all of the time,were as his Dad & Uncle Joey were very much the opposite.Anyway off to the TT again this year I Think they all deserve bravery medals

Gman - Unregistered

March 13, 2012 4:42 PM

@ SIMON R. You are so right. Why this lad has not been snapped up is a mystery. Though maybe he just likes doing it his own way. Oh and now sidecars too. Wish I had the money to drop in his pocket, would be worth every penny. Awesome talent.... Go Michael

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