The Southern 100 on the Isle of Man next month has secured a quality entry, with reigning champion Michael Dunlop set to renew his rivalry with Guy Martin at Billown.

Dunlop dominated the event last year and may defend his Solo Championship crown on the Honda TT Legends Superbike, with Lincolnshire man Martin aiming to return to winning ways on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Ulsterman Dunlop won five races as he totally dominated the Southern 100 last summer and following his stunning four-timer at the Isle of Man TT, the 24-year-old is the rider to beat.

Bradford's Dean Harrison, one of the rising stars of the TT, plus William Dunlop, Ramsey's Conor Cummins and fellow Manxman Dan Kneen are also among the entries.

The Milwaukee Yamaha team has opted out of the event, although Dunlop will ride his Yamaha R6 at Billown and compete in the smaller capacity classes.

Cummins, though, has been left without a ride for his home race and it remains to be seen if the Manx star can secure additional machinery.

Jamie Hamilton was a winner in the Supertwin class at the Southern in 2012 but the lap record holder is facing strong opposition from Dean Harrison on the 650cc machines.

Also on the entry list are Ivan Lintin and James Cowton, with Ian Lougher - who announced his retirement from road racing at the end of this season at the TT - another leading contender.

Full grids are the order of the day for the Sidecar class with current champions Ben and Tom Birchall hoping to retain their title following on from their maiden victory at the TT earlier this month.

Fellow TT winners Tim Reeves and Dan Sayle, who won the opening Sidecar race at the 2012 Southern 100, represent tough opposition along with former champions Ian and Carl Bell.

A total of 14 races are scheduled and the meeting gets under way on Monday evening July 9, running through until Thursday, July 11, when the main championship races will take place.

 

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