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William Dunlop in Wilson Craig Racing split

'I enjoyed riding for Wilson [Craig] these past two years but it's just time to move on now and try something new' - William Dunlop
Isle of Man TT star William Dunlop has split from Northern Ireland team Wilson Craig Honda.

The Ulster rider, who earned team owner Craig's maiden victories at international level this year with wins at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix in the Supersport class, is seeking a fresh challenge.

Dunlop, who joined the team full-time in 2010, has left on good terms following an amicable separation.

The 27-year-old told the Belfast News Letter: “I enjoyed riding for Wilson these past two years but it's just time to move on now and try something new.

“There's no hard feelings and I've left on good terms. Wilson has been good to me and I'm glad I was the first rider in his team to win international races for him.

“I have a number of options at the moment, but nothing concrete,” added Dunlop.

“I don't think I'll be stuck for the internationals next year, but I'd like the chance to ride in the British Supersport class.

“I'm hoping now to try and get something tied up this month before the NEC Show.”

Dunlop, who finished on the rostrum for the first time at the TT in June in third place in the first Supersport race, has been linked to Shaun Muir's Yamaha team for 2013.

He was due to test Muir's Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike last week, but missed out on the opportunity due to time restrictions.

Team owner Craig, who also ran Australian star Cameron Donald on his Honda machines in 2012, said he wished Dunlop well for the future.

“We have parted company on good terms and I wish William all the best,” said Craig.

“He is a good rider and he had two good years with the team.

“Riders come and go and that's racing. I could see it coming with William and for one reason or another he has decided to go a different way.

“That chapter is now over and I will see where I go from here.”



Related Pictures

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William Dunlop and Bruce Anstey in Supersport action at the Ulster Grand Prix
Michael Dunlop (Superbike) at Southern 100 (Pic: apex-photos.com)
James Hillier in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Guy Martin in the Senior TT
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Dean Harrison on his way to victory in the Lightweight TT
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha in the Supersport TT
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop lines up at the start of the second Supersport TT race
John McGuinness on the Mugen Shiden in the TT Zero race
Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
John McGuinness on the Mugen machine at the Isle of Man TT
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT

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tucker - Unregistered

October 21, 2012 6:02 PM

Word on the street is that PJ Jacobsen wants to ride a Superbike in BSB next year, and I think TAS are interested in putting him alongside to Brookes in BSB. So it may open the door for William to ride in BSS with TAS next year.

wildrsv - Unregistered

October 21, 2012 10:47 AM

The wee man had a great season abroad the wilson machines this year. One of the fastest 600's riders out there that is for sure. Would be great to see him in bsb (supersport) but i don't think the yamaha is the way to go, even with Muir team given that blown this year budget on running both hage and full on factory R1's. Good luck to William and also to Wison Craig team for 2013.



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