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Michael Dunlop vows to grab Honda chance

'I'm looking forward to next year, it's a big opportunity for me and I want to grab it with both hands and see what I can make of it' - Michael Dunlop
New Honda TT Legends signing Michael Dunlop has vowed to make the most of his chance in the factory team at the Isle of Man TT in 2013.

The 23-year-old, who already has three victories on the Mountain Course, has set himself a target of winning a prestigious superbike race at the event.

His three victories to date include two wins in the Supersport class in 2009 and 2012 plus a victory in the Superstock race last year.

And now the hard-riding Ulsterman feels he is ready to take the next step and add a victory in the Superbike or Senior races at the TT next June, when he'll have to become the first rider in nine years to beat teammate John McGuinness in the premier class to achieve his feat.

But Dunlop has every belief in his ability and isn't fazed in the slightest by the challenge ahead.

“The main thing about this deal is that it will make my life a lot easier next season,” he said.

“I'll have plenty of testing on the bike before the North West 200 and the TT and I'll have a team around me working on the bike, so that will let me just get on with the job.

“The bike's got a factory engine, it's got a great chassis for the TT and reliability is a big thing as well.

“I'm on Dunlop tyres, so everything's in place. Honda is involved with me next year because they feel I can win a big bike race at the TT and I will win it for them,” he told the Belfast News Letter.

“Everywhere you look history seems to be repeating itself for the Dunlops.

“The story just keeps going and it's great to see it.

“I'm looking forward to next year, it's a big opportunity for me and I want to grab it with both hands and see what I can make of it.”

Dunlop will ride the Legends Fireblade at the North West 200 and TT in 2013 but will also run his own 600cc and Superstock Hondas.

He will also return to the Ulster Grand Prix, where he will ride the Hunts Honda Fireblade in the superbike races.

Michael Rutter is also part of the three-man roads line-up with Dunlop and McGuinness for the NW200 and TT, while Aussie Cameron Donald and Simon Andrews remain with the team for the Endurance World Championship along with McGuinness and Rutter.



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop with the Honda TT Legends Fireblade
William Dunlop at the Tandragee 100
Ryan Farquhar and William Dunlop at the Tandragee 100
William Dunlop on the Tyco BMW
Alastair Seeley on the rostrum at the North West 200
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Cookstown 100
Ivan Lintin during practice for the Lightweight TT in 2014
John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT in 2014
Ian Lougher at the Classic TT in 2014
David Johnson will make his debut at the Classic TT in 2014
Danny Webb in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Connor Behan in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Lee Johnston in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
William Dunlop will ride a rotary Norton at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison will ride for Black Eagle Racing at the 2015 Classic TT
Lee Johnston will ride for Black Eagle Racing at the 2015 Classic TT
Gary Johnson leads Alastair Seeley and Bruce Anstey at the North West 200
Cameron Donald will again ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2015

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bigphil sp1 - Unregistered

December 03, 2012 11:37 PM

even though I am a big fan of Micky D I would not discount his brother William, he's on great machinery too and will be very sharp riding in bss by the time the TT comes along.



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