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Dunlop switches to Yamaha R1 with CD Racing

William Dunlop will ride a Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike prepared by former Yamaha WSBK engineer Marcus Eshenbacher in 2016 for Ulster team CD Racing.
William Dunlop has joined Northern Ireland team CD-IC Racing for the 2016 international road races.

Dunlop, who parted company from Tyco BMW in early October after two seasons in the TAS Racing team, will ride a Yamaha R1 Superbike prepared by former Yamaha WSBK engineer Marcus Eschenbacher.

The Ulsterman will also continue riding a Yamaha R6 in the Supersport class for team owner and former racer Chris Dowd, also tuned by Eschenbacher, but is set to switch to an alternative Superstock machine.

The 30-year-old said: “I am really happy to be riding for the CD/IC racing team run by Chris Dowd. As most already know, Chris is someone I have rode for before, mainly in the 600 class where we have had a lot of success. Now the team have decided to run with me in all classes, including the Superbike.

“We are keeping the R6 built by Marcus and his guys. Chris has everything in place for them to build us a brand new R1,” he added.

“I can't say how excited I am to be a part of this and to have their involvement with the Superbike along with Graham Irvine for my suspension. If anyone has a chance to make this bike work on the roads it is this team.

“I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead in 2016 and also to enjoy my racing. I get on with everyone here and it feels like a second family to me.”

Dunlop only completed one race at the Isle of Man TT this year, finishing fifth in the RST Superbike event before he crashed out during a practice lap on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at Laurel Bank.

He won the Irish Superbike and Supersport Road Racing Championships and went through the season unbeaten at the National meetings on the CD-IC Racing Supersport machine.

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