Leading road race stars Michael Dunlop and Conor Cummins
will lead Team Classic Suzuki's challenge for glory at the Classic TT in 2013.

The pair will have the latest 16-valve Suzuki XR69 machines for the outfit at their disposal to contest the Formula 1 race.

The team is owned by Northamptonshire businessman Steve Wheatman.

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Leading female TT and Manx GP regular Maria Costello MBE also joins the team on a Harris-framed GSXR750 Suzuki, while young Northern Ireland rider John Simpson - who won the Senior Manx Grand Prix on his debut this year - completes the line-up on an RG500.

Seven times TT winner Mick Grant will take on the role of Team
Co-Ordinator for the event with former Suzuki race team mechanics Paul Boulton and Nathan Colombi and XR69 development guru John Sims of Trident Engineering in charge of machine preparation.

Dunlop said: "It is a real honour to ride for Team Classic Suzuki and their machinery and back-up is second to none.

"It's going to be good going head to head with Conor and hopefully we can take the top two steps on the podium between us."

Cummins is also looking forward to competing in the event, which has been rebranded as the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, traditionally known as the Manx Grand Prix.

"The XR69 is a beautiful machine and I'm really looking forward to racing it on the Mountain Course," he said.

"It's definitely going to be different to what I'm used to but the Classic TT is looking really exciting and as a local lad I couldn't miss out."

A host of modern-day TT stars are being lined up for the event, with Guy Martin and Dan Cooper also among the entries next year.

The duo will compete for Team Molnar Manx in the 500cc Classic TT event.