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Dunlop set for roads debut on Milwaukee Yamaha

'I'm not going there to finish sixth or seventh, I'll be having a good crack at it' - William Dunlop
William Dunlop will give the Milwaukee Yamaha R6 its road racing debut at next weekend's Cookstown 100 Irish national meeting in Co Tyrone.

Dunlop, who joined Shaun Muir's British championship outfit for the 2013 roads season alongside Manx rider Conor Cummins, is stepping up his preparations for the international North West 200 in May.

He has competed in the opening two rounds of the British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch and Thruxton for Muir's team as he clocks up the miles in readiness for the key road races this season.

The ultra-trick factory Milwaukee Yamaha R6 Dunlop will ride on the roads represents an alliance between Milwaukee Yamaha and the Northern Ireland rider's former backer, Chris Dowd.

Dunlop will also ride in the 125cc class at Cookstown, but will have to wait a while longer before he has a chance to test the Milwaukee Yamaha R1 Superbike.

“It would have been nice to have been able to bring my Milwaukee Yamaha R1 Superbike to the event, but I love working with Chris Dowd and CD Racing and I think this special wee R6 will be good enough for the job around Cookstown.

“I'll ride the bike in the Open race as well as the Supersport class and I'm not going there to finish sixth or seventh, I'll be having a good crack at it.”

Dunlop was among the guests at the final North West 200 press launch this week, when he identified a double in the Supersport races as his top priority.

The Ballymoney rider won the first Supersport race at the North West in 2012 before losing out to Alastair Seeley in race two.

“The 600cc races will be my top priority for 2013,” he said.

“Although it's not out of the question that I can win on the big bike I really want to win both the 600cc races this year – I got one of them last year and I want to go one better in 2013.”

The Cookstown 100 is the opening Irish national road race of the season and takes place on Saturday, April 27.

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