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Dunlop rides Honda TT Legends Fireblade for first time

'The bike is a beauty – we've made a few changes and the handlebars are set how I want them and now I'm just hoping for some dry time on the bike' - Michael Dunlop
Road racing star Michael Dunlop has given his first impressions of the Honda TT Legends Fireblade he will ride at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT races this season.

The Northern Ireland rider will compete in the Superbike class at the international road races alongside John McGuinness and Michael Rutter.

Dunlop has completed a test with the TT Legends team at Albacete in Spain and although the shakedown was ultimately blighted by wet weather, the 24-year-old managed to get a feel for his CBNR1000RR Fireblade.

The three-times TT winner said: “It was my first time out on the bike and it feels good.

“It's nice to be here in wet weather!” he joked. “We came to Spain hoping it would be dry but it's been raining.

“It has hindered our progress with the bike but it's good for me to be here with Adrian (Gorst) and Graeme (Parker), my mechanics and get a feel for the new bike.

“The initial feel and set-up is good. Adrian has tried a lot of stuff with the ignition and hopefully it will dry up and we will get a bit of a run at it,” he added.

“I just need to get the bike somewhere that's faster and bigger to get a good run on the bike.

“The bike is a beauty – we've made a few changes and the handlebars are set how I want them and now I'm just hoping for some dry time on the bike.”

Dunlop has won two Supersport races at the TT and also achieved a victory in the Superstock class in 2011.

The Ballymoney man, who finished as the runner-up behind Ian Hutchinson in the Superbike TT on a Honda Fireblade in 2010 – is tipped to give 19-times winner McGuinness a real run for his money in the premier class at the TT in June.



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Michael Dunlop with the Honda TT Legends Fireblade
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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