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Martin and Dunlop brothers confirmed for Cookstown 100

'I'm looking forward to a run out on the other bikes at Cookstown because I've had no time on my own Fireblade or my Supersport bike' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin and William Dunlop are among the big names confirmed for the opening Irish national road race of the season, the Cookstown 100, at the end of April.

Martin will ride the Tyco Suzuki machines at the Co Tyrone event, with Michael Dunlop entered on the Hunts Motorcycles/McAdoo Honda Fireblade.

The 24-year-old will also compete in the Supersport class on his CBR6000RR Honda and intends to contest the Supertwins class on a Kawasaki ER6 as tries out the machine ahead of the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT in June.

Dunlop will also ride his 250cc TSR Honda at Cookstown as he clocks up the miles in readiness from the first international road race of 2013, the North West 200, in May.

“I'm looking forward to a run out on the other bikes because I've had no time on my own Fireblade or my '600' because it's all been about testing the Legends bike,” Dunlop told the Belfast News Letter.

“I've put a fair bit of work into building my 250 Honda and getting it all freshened up, so I thought I'd take her out and see if I can break the lap record for the class at Cookstown.

“Fair play to Winston [McAdoo] - he has put the effort into getting me a decent Supertwin so we'll have another go at it this year.

"I'll take the bike out at Cookstown to see how it goes and then we might look at riding it at the North West 200 before the TT,” added Dunlop.

“I hope to have all my new kit sorted for Cookstown and my own bikes will be painted up in our new MD Racing livery."

Milwaukee Yamaha's William Dunlop will contest the Supersport class plus the 125cc race.

RC Express/MSS Kawasaki's Dean Harrison is set to make his debut at Cookstown on April 27 to add depth to the field along with Dublin rider Derek Sheils, who will ride a Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Jamie Hamilton plus Brian McCormack lead the charge for Ryan Farquhar's Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki team with Michael Pearson riding the Team Hotties machines.

Practice is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 26 with race day on Saturday, April 27.

Last year, Martin and Farquhar shared the wins in the Superbike classes.

Related Pictures

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Guy Martin at the Cookstown 100 road races in Northern Ireland
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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Viridis - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 4:06 AM

Why is Michael bothering with the supertwin? He had some very harsh things to say about them just 3 months ago.... Befast Newsletter/ Crash.net Jan 18th 2013 Was that an honest reflection of his thoughts on the supertwin or an attempt to undermine Ryan Farquhars outstanding achievement in the class?

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