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Michael Dunlop in late decision to compete at Tandragee

'I only decided late on Friday that I'd go - when I got there the roads were already closed for practice' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop has made a late decision to contest this weekend's Tandragee 100 Irish national roads meeting in Northern Ireland.

Dunlop, who will ride for the Honda TT Legends team at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT in the Superbike class this season, was a double winner over Guy Martin in the feature class at the Cookstown 100, which lifted the curtain on the Irish season last weekend.

He took a Superbike and Supersport double at Tandragee in 2012 and the three-times TT winner from Ballymoney is also the outright lap record holder at the 5.3-mile circuit.

Dunlop initially planned to skip the event, but arrived at the circuit late on Friday for practice and claimed pole position for the Superbike class on his Honda Fireblade.

"I had been testing the Honda Legends Fireblade at Castle Combe all week and we got an earlier boat back home than we expected," he told the Belfast News Letter.

"I only decided late on Friday afternoon that I'd go and when I got there the roads were already closed for practice, so I had to push the bike up the road."

Six-time world champion Jim Redman MBE will take part in a special parade of classic machines at Tandragee along with ex-Irish road racing greats including Ray McCullough and Brian Reid.



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on the Honda TT Legends Fireblade
Bruce Anstey on the Mugen machine at TT 2016.
Alastair Seeley leads his Tyco BMW team-mate Ian Hutchinson in the Superbike race at the North West 200.
Glenn Irwin won the feature Superbike race at the North West 200.
Honda Racing riders John McGuinness and Guy Martin
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the North West 200.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams BMW at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW at the North West 200.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW at the North West 200.
Guy Martin on the Wilson Craig Honda.
Michael Rutter with Ryan Farquhar and Jeremy McWilliams at the North West 200 in 2012.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Honda FIreblade.
Guy Martin on the 2017 Honda Racing Fireblade SP2
William Dunlop on the Temple Golf Club Yamaha R1.
Italian rider Dario Cecconi has died after an accident at the Tandragee 100.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Fireblade SP2

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