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Michael Dunlop aims to sign off in style at Killalane

'I go well around Killalane on the big bike regardless of who's there, but you can't take anything for granted in this game' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop looks poised to round off the Irish road racing season in style at the Killalane road races near Dublin tomorrow.

The 23-year-old has been virtually unbeatable on his Hunts Motorcycles/McAdoo Honda Fireblade since the Isle of Man TT in June, winning the premier races at Walderstown, the Southern 100 and Armoy and taking a brace in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix, which included victory in the Dundrod 150 feature event.

Following his arch-rival Ryan Farquhar's decision last week to quit road racing following the death of his uncle, Trevor Ferguson, at the Manx Grand Prix, Dunlop is a massive favourite for the Open and Grand Final races at Killalane.

His older brother William has opted not to ride Wilson Craig's Honda superbike at Killalane and will instead rely on Craig's 600cc machine as he bids to sign off on a wining note for the Ulster team owner.

William told the Belfast News Letter he "isn't at Killalane to finish second" as he sets his sights on more Supersport success and his first victory in the class at the Irish meeting.

"I'm not here to finish second and that's a fact," said Dunlop, who has tasted glory in the Supersport division at the North West 200 and Ulster GP this season, providing Craig with his maiden international road race victories.

"I've never won a 600 race at Killalane and I've got two races, because the Darran Lindsay race is on Saturday evening after practice and then we've another one on Sunday.

"I don't have the Superbike with me but I'll see what my times are like in practice and then decide whether or not to do the big races on the 600."

William could well have it all his own way in the 600cc class should Michael decide against competing on his GSX-R600 Suzuki, which was lagging well off the pace on top speed at Dundrod last month.

"I don't know yet if I'll go out on the Suzuki or not," Michael said.

"It could be pointless because William's bike is just so much faster than anything else.

"But I've got the big girl with me and we'll be looking for a good run on Sunday," added the younger Dunlop, who stood on the top step at Manx Grand Prix last Friday after he won the Classic Superbike race, dedicating his win to the memory of Trevor Ferguson.

"I go well around Killalane on the big bike regardless of who's there, but you can't take anything for granted in this game.”



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