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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.



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The Honda TT Legends team of Michael Dunlop, John McGuinness, Michael Rutter and Simon Andrews
Action from the 2016 North West 200
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop in action at the Armoy Road Races.

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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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