William Dunlop will ride Yamaha machines under the Temple Golf Club banner at the international road races in 2017.

The Co Down club in Northern Ireland is now owned and managed by Tim and Sonya Martin, who previously run the Mar-Train Racing team.

Dunlop will ride R1 Superbike and Superstock machines in the Temple Golf Club colours along with his own Yamaha R6.

The Ballymoney man was left without machinery for the 1000cc classes after a deal with Martin Halsall of Halsall Racing fell through.

Tim Martin said: "Alistair [Russell] and William contacted me out of the blue last Thursday about doing a deal. Our two R1M bikes are currently for sale but we have agreed to let William use them for the year, meaning they will be available to purchase again after the Ulster Grand Prix.

"I have a lot of time for Alistair after his time with us a few years ago and it is no secret that I had tried a few times to get William to ride for Mar-Train racing over the years.

"Sonya and I undertook a new venture in the Temple Golf Club after withdrawing from racing and we have no intention of backtracking on our decision to quit running a team. We do want to promote the club though and William competing Internationally on our bikes will be an excellent way of doing that.

"William and Alistair will run the bikes themselves and I am confident they will do an excellent job. I would just like to wish the boys all the best for the year and of course encourage everyone to drop in and have a meal with us at the newly refurbished Temple Golf Club."

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