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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
Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade.
John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar will again compete at the Classic TT on Paton machinery for Roger Winfield
William Dunlop will ride for the Davies Motorsport Team at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
Steve Plater with Bruce Charman of Prime Factors
William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin celebrates winning the Solo Championship race with Dan Kneen andIvan Lintin
Guy Martin at the Southern 100
Guy Martin, BMW, [Credit: BMW]
Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Senior Race podium at the Southern 100
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.

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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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