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Dunlop fired up for Superbike bid at Isle of Man TT

'If you can bring back some trophies then that's what it's all about. That's what we are going there to do and I'm ready' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop is in a rich vein of form as he prepares to launch a full-on assault on the Superbike class at the Isle of Man TT races.

Dunlop has been offered his best chance ever to make his mark in the blue riband class after joining the Honda TT Legends team this year.

At 24-years-old, the Ulsterman has already won three TT races and his main goal this season is to add a Superbike victory to his wins in the Supersport and Superstock classes.

Dunlop has made a flying start to the year, dominating the national road race meetings at the Cookstown 100 and Tandragee 100 events and also won the Supersport race at the North West 200, which was halted after two laps due to poor weather and crashes involving four riders in two separate incidents.

“Everything is good and I'm happy with all my bikes, they're going well,” he told the Belfast News Letter.

“The North West was never really my best race in the past but I was on pole for the Superbike races and my pace was good all week.

“I've had more time on the bikes this year than ever and now I'll be even better when I get to the TT.”

A formidable opponent in the Supersport class, Dunlop switches to a Honda CBR600RR this year prepared by World Supersport outfit PTR.

His previous victories has been achieved on a Yamaha R6 but the Ballymoney man is confident he will still be a force to be reckoned with on the Honda.

“The 600 Honda is good but we're still a bit away from where we want to be and there's still a lot more to come from the bike.

“This time I'm a lot more comfortable on the 600 than I was last year going to the TT,” said Dunlop, who won the second Supersport TT race in 2012 and retired from the first while leading.

“I'm heading over to the Isle of Man on Thursday and it's a long stint but if you can bring back some trophies then that's what it's all about.

“That's what we are going there to do and I'm ready.”

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bigphilsp1 - Unregistered

May 25, 2013 12:26 PM

Mike the stats to date this season tell a different story. Dunlop was far faster during the endurance testing and race on tracks he did not know. He was consistently faster at the NW and one a race at the NW. As much as I like John and what he has achieved I think Dunlop will have too much desire and will take the racing to a new level. He has really got his act together. Even look at his last National races beating Guy Martin by 6secs on a course Martin held the track record and winning the Tandragee by 26secs, plus he's early 20's.

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