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BMW star Dunlop eyes more Ulster Grand Prix glory

Isle of Man TT top gun Michael Dunlop will again have a factory-supported BMW S1000RR for the Superbike class at this year's Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix
Michael Dunlop will again ride a factory-backed BMW S1000RR as he bids for glory at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix in August.

The 25-year-old, fresh from a second successive four-timer at the Isle of Man TT, confirmed the news at the official launch of the event in Belfast on Tuesday.

Dunlop, who has won six times at the legendary road race, said: “This will be all new territory for the BMW. It's never been round this track before and we've been doing plenty of work on all the bikes to have them as ready as we can.

“We will just have to see how things go, but there's no reason we can't get a good result in every class.”

Kiwi Bruce Anstey currently holds the lap record of 133.977mph set in 2010, but on the potential for a new world record 134mph lap this year, Dunlop wasn't prepared to make any bold predictions.

“There are a lot of factors," he said. "It depends on the wind as much as the rain, and while the BMW is a quick bike you just don't know until the day.”

He renews his rivalry with Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin, who dominated at the fastest road race in the world in 2013 with a brilliant treble, which included wins in both premier Superbike races.

A stunning line-up includes Martin's team-mate William Dunlop along with Anstey, Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston, Jamie Hamilton and Gary Johnson, who is recovering from injury after a heavy spill in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT.

The organisers also hope to bring Honda's Conor Cummins to the event and Milwaukee Yamaha star Ian Hutchinson.

Peter Hickman, who became the fastest ever newcomer at the TT with an incredible lap at 129mph in June, has also confirmed his entry for Paul Shoesmith's BMW team.

The Ulster Grand Prix takes place from August 11-16.

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Michael Dunlop at Ballacraine during practice for the Isle of Man TT
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Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop
Gary Johnson
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.

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July 06, 2014 9:12 AM

I understand MD can't be everywhere but you have to get your diary sorted and a phone call to the guys at Buildbase could have been made. Have defended MD in the past however if the facts are true then it is a poor show.


July 05, 2014 3:35 PM

Michael had a commitment to promote the UGP and also the Southern 100 and has been called to Germany to the BM factory to get the superbike sorted and transported for the two races. Simply can't be everywhere but does not excuse letting folk down if he did so.

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