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Dunlop won't be drawn on endurance conjecture

'I don't want to say too much about it at the moment until we see what does or doesn't happen' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop has refused to speculate over whether or not he could replace Australian Cameron Donald in Honda's Endurance World Championship line-up.

On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Donald has left the team by mutual agreement to spend more time with his family.

He will still compete at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT on Northern Ireland team owner Wilson Craig's Honda machines.

Dunlop is already part of the Honda TT Legends team having signed a deal to contest the Superbike races alongside John McGuinness and Michael Rutter at the NW200 and Isle of Man TT.

However, the three-times TT winner wouldn't be drawn on whether or not he could be offered the opportunity to fill the void left by Donald for the four-round Endurance World Championship series.

A fit and lean Dunlop, who has dropped three stone in weight since Christmas, told the Belfast News Letter: “I've heard that Cameron has left but as far as I'm concerned I've heard nothing from Honda about replacing him, so it's as you were at the minute.

“I don't want to say too much about it at the moment until we see what does or doesn't happen, so it's a wait-and-see job.”

The 24-year-old will take part in a test with the team at Albacete in Spain next week, where he will ride the Legends CBR1000RR Fireblade for the first time.

Donald's shock decision leaves McGuinness, Rutter and Simon Andrews as the current EWC line-up at Honda.

The first round of the series is the legendary Bol d'Or 24-hour meeting at Magny-Cours in France from April 20-21.



Related Pictures

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The Honda TT Legends team of Michael Dunlop, John McGuinness, Michael Rutter and Simon Andrews
Bruce Anstey on the Mugen machine at TT 2016.
Alastair Seeley leads his Tyco BMW team-mate Ian Hutchinson in the Superbike race at the North West 200.
Glenn Irwin won the feature Superbike race at the North West 200.
Honda Racing riders John McGuinness and Guy Martin
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the North West 200.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams BMW at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW at the North West 200.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter with Ryan Farquhar and Jeremy McWilliams at the North West 200 in 2012.
William Dunlop on the Temple Golf Club Yamaha R1.
Gary Johnson will run his own team at TT 2017.
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Michael Dunlop, Carl Cox, [Credit: Holeshot PR]

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philip titterington - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 6:19 PM

this guy is grapping his honda opportunity with both hands. In the past people on here rediculed him for being over weight and he still won loads of races, now three stone lighter, watch this space!



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