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William Dunlop confident of Supersport TT success

'I love the Yamaha R6 – it's a great bike and hopefully we'll be able to get a win next time at the TT' - William Dunlop
William Dunlop believes the switch to a Yamaha R6 could give him the extra impetus to go on and claim his maiden Isle of Man TT victory in 2013.

The Northern Irishman, who was unveiled as part of Shaun Muir's Milwaukee Yamaha team at the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC in Birmingham at the weekend, claimed his first TT rostrum in June when he finished third behind Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald on Wilson Craig's Honda.

Dunlop, though, was ultimately disappointed with the result after dominating practice week in the 600cc class on the Mountain course.

He admitted the weight of expectation ahead of the opening Supersport race this year had an adverse impact on his performance and although he was feeling 'in the zone' for race two, Dunlop was cruelly ruled out on the opening lap while leading the race with bike trouble.

His brother Michael went on to claim the victory from Donald.

However, with that experience behind him and the switch to his favoured Yamaha next year, Dunlop – a winner in the Supersport class at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix – is confident of breaking his TT duck.

The 27-year-old, who will ride in the British Supersport Championship for Milwaukee Yamaha in addition to the international road races, said: “I've done 126mph in practice at the TT and the pressure got to me in the first Supersport race this year, but I felt like I was in the zone in the second race and I thought I'd have won it.

“I felt so good and after messing up the first one I was ready for the second race, but you've got to finish to win and it was one of those things.

“But I love the Yamaha R6 – it's a great bike and hopefully we'll be able to get a win next time at the TT.”

On his move to the Milwaukee Yamaha team, the Ballymoney man feels the benefit of plenty of pre-season testing plus invaluable track time in the opening British Supersport series will enable him to hit the ground running at the North West 200 in May.

“It's a big chance for me and I was really impressed with the whole set-up after going over and seeing the workshop,” he said.

“It was an easy decision to make and I can just focus on racing.



Related Pictures

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William Dunlop - Milwaukee Yamaha
Derek McGee on the WCR Honda Supersport machine
Derek McGee on the Wilson Craig Honda
Jamie Hamilton at the North West 200
Ryan Farquhar
Dan Kneen on the Padgetts Honda at the North West 200
Keith Amor leads Gary Johnson at the North West 200
James Hillier
Stephen Thompson
Mar-Train Racing`s Dean Harrison
Gary Johnson at the North West 200
Gary Johnson at the North West 200
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki at the North West 200
Ryan Farquhar leads Jamie Hamilton and Jeremy McWilliams at the North West 200 in the Supertwin class
Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superbike race at the North West 200
John McGuinness at the North West 200 on his Superstock Honda
Lee Johnston on the ECC/Burdens BMW at the North West 200
James Hillier on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki

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Lickey - Unregistered

December 04, 2012 3:47 PM

Its good news you Dunlop lads have your bikes sorted for next year, I couldnt imagine an Irish Road Race or TT without a Dunlop taking part, Keep the family Legacy going lads, and the best of luck next year..



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