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Milwaukee: No deal with Michael Dunlop for 2014 TT

'I can categorically state that we have no plans to support any other rider at the Isle of Man TT on any type of machinery' - Dale McElveen
Milwaukee Power Tools has refuted speculation that it will support Michael Dunlop at the Isle of Man TT this year.

The company – the title sponsor of Shaun Muir's MCE British Superbike and international road racing team – announced last weekend it was withdrawing its backing of Muir's outfit at the TT as a result of new rules preventing Yamaha from running its after-market Magneti Marelli system.

The change in regulations limits teams to a Motec or kit ECU – a decision Muir and Milwaukee believe leaves their riders, Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes, at a disadvantage.

However, conjecture this week suggested Milwaukee Power Tools would instead throw its weight behind Northern Ireland's Michael Dunlop at the TT, who is linked with a ride on a factory-supported BMW S1000RR.

However, the claim has been 'categorically' rejected by Milwaukee.

The company's UK Commercial Director, Dale McElveen, told the Belfast News Letter: “I can categorically state that we have no plans to support any other rider at the Isle of Man TT on any type of machinery.

“This is a long-term project with Yamaha and we are looking ahead to many exciting plans in the future. We have made our decision to withdraw our support of Shaun Muir's team at the TT because, as we have already stated, we believe the rule changes place Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes at a disadvantage,” he added.

“We will not have any role at the TT this year and have other plans to announce soon.”

Milwaukee will continue as the title sponsors of Muir's team in British Superbikes and at the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix.



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wotan

January 10, 2014 12:52 PM

Disappointed all round by this. Now we have 3 riders caught up in corporate political games and they've all lost out. The TT should beware of slipping backwards into the racing shadows if top names cannot compete. Also the news that the paddock and pit lane are to be controlled by Jobsworths is another negative. Just a few more reasons why I dont bother with the TT but love the Classics at the Manx GP - oops Classic TT. Anyway if Michael Dunlop is doing 125 mph laps on a Suzuki XR69 replica at The Manx is there much difference in watching a 130 mph TT lap ?

bigphilsp12

January 18, 2014 2:06 PM

Greavesit--- not a prima dona just the best rider on the roads at the moment (and at only 24 years old) and the quickest on the '24hr' team on new tracks. Why shouldn't he ask for the best package? He's the guy who is risking his neck. I think the issue with honda will come out in the wash but when your private superstock bike is quicker than the bike you have been given for the senior TT there has to be something wrong. Also honda supplied him with a heap of crap to ride at the UGP, one of the races he never even got off the line!! Michael wants to win not just please armchair racers!!!! Do you get my drift!!!!



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