RR »

Michael Dunlop unfazed by Seeley threat at NW200

'I'm not worried about [Alastair] Seeley – he's the least of my problems' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop hasn't lost any sleep worrying about the opposition as he sets out in pursuit of victory in the premier class at the Relentless International North West 200.

Dunlop has not enjoyed the pre-season preparation he would have liked, with late confirmation of his plans for 2012 severely restricting his time on his stable of new machines prior to the road racing showpiece on the North Coast.

However, he was up and running at the Tandragee 100 National meeting in Northern Ireland, picking up wins in the feature Superbike race and the 600cc event to arrive in Portstewart in a positive frame of mind.

Much of the talk has been centred on Carrick's Alastair Seeley, who is being hyped up as the rider to beat in every class.

But Dunlop says the Tyco Suzuki British Superbike ace is the least of his worries.

“I'm not worried about [Alastair] Seeley – he's the least of my problems. Everybody says he's top dollar around the North West but he's not really – Steve Plater was the man here and I'd love to see Steve back again,” said Dunlop.

“There are more riders out there other than Seeley and come race day I'll just worry about myself.”

The 23-year-old's number one target this year is to add to his two victories at the Isle of Man TT next month, but that won't prevent Dunlop from giving his all as he takes on the overseas challengers on his home patch at the North West 200.

And nothing would give him greater pleasure than following in his dad Robert's footsteps by showing a clean pair of heels to the British championship big guns.

“When you look at it over the past few years at the North West a lot of the winners are the riders from the British championships.

“I'll take my hat off to Steve Plater because he was the man. If Steve was still racing at the North West he'd still be the man,” said Dunlop.

“Steve went to the North West and won but he won at the TT as well, so you have to say fair play to him.

“I'd love to see him come back because he's a really talented rider at the North West and he's fast.

“It'd be nice to get a Superbike win at the North West and beat all the British championship boys who are obviously all running high-end specification engines, so hopefully we can do it.

“I think we have a turn of speed with the Honda and enough in the tank to do it, so it's looking good,” he said.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Dunlop - Street Sweep Kawasaki [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
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.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

Bill: I did go to see Michael race and I stand by my comment I fail to see what bearing my weight has on it as my size has nothing to do with Michaels but as I am around a foot taller and a rugby player (with a build to suit) I do weigh more than 11.5 stone (have done since I was a teenager) - its important to compare apples with apples I would like to mention that my last body fat measurement (measured with callipers) was 7% - is Michaels less than that.......? I suspect I won't get an answer to this question.......

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.