Michael Dunlop spearheads a three-man line-up for Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT in August.

Dunlop is gunning for his third successive win in the Classic Superbike race after making it back to back wins in 2016 on the GSX-R1100, setting a new lap record at 126.808mph.

The Ulster rider is joined in the team by fellow Northern Ireland man Lee Johnston and Danny Webb.

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All three riders will race identically-prepared GSXR1100 Suzuki-powered XR69's in the four lap race, which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28.

Dunlop took victory in the inaugural event in 2013 before retiring in 2014 but he bounced back to take victory in both 2015 and 2016. With that kind of pedigree, he goes into this year's race as the red-hot favourite for the win although an incredibly strong entry means nothing is guaranteed.

He's joined on the immaculately prepared Suzuki machines by fellow Northern Irishman Johnston who is eagerly looking forward to making his return to the Classic TT having missed last year's event due to injury. Johnston took fifth in 2014 and seventh in 2015 and has also lapped at 123.636mph, making him a major contender for the podium.

Completing the line-up is former 125cc and Moto3 World Championship contender Danny Webb, who aims to be fully fit after a crash at Laurel Bank during qualifying for this year's Isle of Man TT Races left him nursing a dislocated shoulder and back injuries. The 26-year old was part of the squad in 2016 and lapped at 121.289mph on his way to an impressive sixth place.

Team owner Steve Wheatman said: "The Classic TT has quickly turned into a prestigious event with a high quality entry, so we expect a very hard challenge from the rest of the opposition in the Superbike Race.

"In Michael we have a consistent race winner and he will be looking to add to his win tally and we will be providing him a bike capable of doing that. Lee and Danny are both coming off the back of injuries from the TT, but both expect to be fully fit in time and we know they are both capable of featuring at the front of the race."