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William Dunlop confirmed for Irish roads season opener

'The Cookstown is always a great event to start the season at and after a couple of tests recently in Spain, I'm really looking forward to making debut there with Tyco Suzuki' - William Dunlop
William Dunlop will be Tyco Suzuki's sole representative at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 in April as team-mate Guy Martin skips the first Irish road race of the season to compete at the Bol d'Or 24-Hour meeting.

Dunlop will be making his race debut at the Northern Ireland team's home event, where Martin was victorious in the Supersport race last year, narrowly holding off a late charge by Michael Dunlop.

Lincolnshire star Martin finished on the rostrum at the Le Mans 24-Hour Endurance World Championship round at the end of last season for French Suzuki team RC2L and is set to ride at the Bol d'Or at Magny-Cours next month, which takes place over the same weekend as the Cookstown 100.

Dunlop will fly the flag for the TAS Racing team at the event as he commences his preparations for the main international road races and will ride the GSX-R1000 Superbike and Supersport machines.

“The Cookstown is always a great event to start the season at and after a couple of tests recently in Spain, I'm really looking forward to making debut there with Tyco Suzuki,” he said.

“With Guy away racing at the Bol d'Or that weekend, it's up to me to get some top results for Suzuki and our sponsors.”

Manx rider Dan Kneen will also compete at the event and has joined former racer John Burrows' Cookstown BE Racing team for 2014, when he will compete in most of the Irish national races in addition to the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.

The Cookstown 100, which traditionally signals the beginning of the Irish road racing calendar, takes place on Saturday, April 26.

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Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
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Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
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Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
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