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William Dunlop optimistic of Superbike chances at Dundrod

14 August 2013

Milwaukee Yamaha's William Dunlop is confident he can challenge for his maiden international Superbike victory at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.

The opening practice session for the final major international race meeting of the year gets under way at the Dundrod circuit today.

Dunlop has an impressive record in the Supersport class at the Ulster GP, where he has failed to finish off the podium since he clinched his first victory on the CD Racing Yamaha R6 in 2009.

Last year, the 27-year-old added another victory on Wilson Craig's Honda in the first 600cc race, with Kiwi Bruce Anstey successful in race two.

Dunlop, though, expects to push for the podium places on the Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 this year as he seeks to round off the season on a high.

He secured a rostrum finish in the Supersport class at the Isle of Man TT and set his first 130mph lap of the Mountain Course on his way to sixth place in the Senior race.

“I feel I've as good a chance of a win on the Superbike as I have on the 600 at the Ulster this weekend,” he said.

“The Milwaukee Yamaha R1 is a fast bike, which should suit the Dundrod circuit; I'd actually say it's built for the place, so hopefully the weather stays dry and we can get a good run this week.

“I'd love to add to my wins on Saturday and a first ever Superbike victory would end my international season on a high.”

Dunlop wrapped up a double on the Milwaukee Yamaha Superbike at the Walderstown Irish national road races in July, setting a new lap record.

He also finished as the runner-up behind younger brother Michael – one of the pre-race favourites on the Honda TT Legends machine at the Ulster Grand Prix – in the feature race at last month's Armoy road races in Northern Ireland.

Milwaukee is set to remain as the title backers of Shaun Muir's British Superbike and international road racing campaigns for a second season in 2014.