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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
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
Michael Rutter on the Smiths Triumph
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

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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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