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Michael Dunlop to ride factory Yamaha in 2015

Isle of Man TT star Michael Dunlop will have factory support from Yamaha for the 2015 international road races after signing for Shaun Muir's Milwaukee team
Michael Dunlop will ride for the factory-supported Milwaukee Yamaha team on the all-new YZF-R1 at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy.

The Ulster rider will also compete on the machine at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix as part of the deal, which sees Dunlop switch to a third different manufacturer in as many years.

Dunlop, who made his TT debut in 2007 after winning the 2006 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers Race, has chalked up eight wins on the Mountain Course in two years after consecutive four-timers in 2013 and 2014 to increase his record to 11 wins, the same total as Steve Hislop and Phillip McCallen.

The 25-year-old won both the Superbike and Senior races at the TT last season for BMW, giving the German marque its first big bike successes at the TT in 75 years.

Dunlop has also won in the premier class for Honda, taking victory in 2013 in the Superbike race, and secured Supersport and Superstock victories on Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha machinery.

Dunlop said : "I've gone on record as saying that I'll only race if the package is right and in the Milwaukee Yamaha team I'm confident in both the bike and the support team that will be in place.

"We've already had a look at the bike that I'll be riding and the early indications are really good but I'm looking forward just to getting out on the track and testing it properly."

Dunlop also hopes to run Yamaha machinery in the Supersport and Superstock classes this season under his own MD Racing banner and as part of the Milwaukee deal, has been named as the team's stand-in rider for the British Superbike Championship.

He will also be part of Yamaha's Endurance World Championship team and is set to compete at selected rounds of the series including Le Mans and the Bol d'Or.

It's also been reported that Dunlop will attend Yamaha's official team launch at the end of February with MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

Milwaukee Yamaha team owner Muir added: "Michael Dunlop has proved himself to be the leading road racer over the last few years and his recent TT record is second to none.

"We are really confident that the new Yamaha will prove to be more than competitive on the Isle of Man and in Michael we have the rider to deliver its potential."

Dunlop, fifth in the outright TT winners list, holds the fastest ever standing start lap of the TT course at 131.890mph, set on his way to victory in the Senior race last year.

Muir's experienced road racing team have enjoyed notable success at the TT including podiums with Guy Martin. They supported Josh Brookes and Ian Hutchinson at the 2014 TT and Conor Cummins and William Dunlop also rode for the team in 2013.

Milwaukee Yamaha has also enjoyed significant success in the British Superbike Championship, most notably in winning the 2011 title with Tommy Hill.

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Michael Dunlop with Milwaukee Yamaha team manager Mick Shanley
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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
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Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop
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Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
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Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.

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January 15, 2015 8:55 PM

Shock ! Well, his recent trip to BMW Germany obviously didn't result in what he wanted, but the Yamaha package did, and Shaun Muir has pulled off a masterstroke. The road racing season is going to be sparky. I'm looking forward to it already.

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