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Tuxworth tips Dunlop for TT greatness

'No disrespect to John McGuinness or to Michael Rutter, but they are in their 40s now and they can't keep going on forever' - Neil Tuxworth
Honda TT Legends team manager Neil Tuxworth has backed Michael Dunlop to eventually succeed John McGuinness as the Isle of Man TT's number one rider.

Dunlop joins 19-times TT winner McGuinness and Michael Rutter in the official Honda roads team this season and is being tipped to go close in his pursuit of a debut victory in the Superbike and Senior races on the Mountain circuit this summer.

The Northern Ireland rider has also been given the nod to replace Cameron Donald in Honda's Endurance World Championship line-up after impressing Tuxworth during two tests at Mireval in France and Albacete in Spain.

McGuinness remains the man to beat at the TT on a Superbike, but Tuxworth believes he has found the right rider to one day take over from the Morecambe star.

“Obviously we're very pleased to have the services of Michael Dunlop and to have him on board with us,” said Tuxworth.

“We've worked obviously heavily in the past with his uncle Joey Dunlop and the Dunlop name is synonymous with the TT, which features heavily in the programme we're doing.

“Not only that, Michael Dunlop – although only a very young rider – has already won three TTs and we see him as the future of the Isle of Man TT.

“No disrespect to John McGuinness or to Michael Rutter, but they are in their 40s now and they can't keep going on forever,” he added.

“We need to be looking at younger blood to come in and replace them eventually and this is the reason we're looking at Michael.”

Dunlop has already won three TT races before his 24th birthday with a brace in the Supersport class and a breakthrough win in the Superstock race in 2011.

All that is missing is a blue riband success, but the Ballymoney rider has now been handed his best chance of usurping McGuinness and the scene is set for a thrilling showdown in June.

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March 12, 2013 1:04 PM

Mickey D is the most exciting new prospect to appear on the roads for many years. Early in his career he was very fast and I feared that he was too fast, too soon. I was expecting a big accident. But it didn't happen and now he has leaped deservedly into the top echelon of road racers. Tux needs to teach him how to be a pro, to stop trying to do everything himself, to concentrate on riding and let technicians and tacticians get on with those tasks. As for his weight, a few extra kgs have been no problem for J McPint, and weren't for DJ, so maybe they are an advantage for a road racer on the longer circuits and in the endurance arena. And let's not forget brother William- he's just waiting for a factory supported ride for his breakthrough.


March 12, 2013 3:24 PM

Agreed with Tetley. I like MD, very fast rider and now with factory support he will be on equal par with the best. I heard he was doing some of the endurance rounds, hopefully this can be another thing that will help him improve his skills, although so different from road racing he always gives it his best and I am sure he will try his hardest at short circuit racing. Some great youngsters coming through in road racing, hopefully funding/insurance costs will not stop these great events

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