William Dunlop has become the latest road racer to confirm his plans for the 2014 season. He will join Guy Martin, who confirmed his contract extension earlier this year, for the ‘big three’ international road races – North West 200, Isle of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix – and other selected national races.
“Now that I have it all signed off I’m pretty excited to be honest,” the Ballymoney man said. “I know how fast the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600 is having followed Guy Martin this year at the Southern 100 and his results on the Superbike at the Ulster Grand Prix speak for themselves.”
He also revealed that he hadn’t pictured himself riding for the team. “I never expected to be riding for Hector and Philip [Neill] this year,” he said. “But it just shows you what can happen in racing, and now that I am, I can’t wait to get started”.
Team Manager Philip Neill was just as enthusiastic about the signing, which was a bit “last minute”. He said: “Our goal is now to help him achieve his first Isle of Man TT victory in 2014. He’s a very talented rider and I believe he’s now at the right stage of his career to challenge for victories at three internationals, and not just in the 600 class I might add, as he’s always a very good Superbike rider.”
Josh Brookes, who made his North West 200 and Isle of Man TT debut riding for Tyco Suzuki this year, has moved to Milwaukee Yamaha for 2014 – riding for the team in the British Superbikes and contesting the international road races with them. Brookes said of the news: “Three years with any team is fairly long so this is a good time for a change, and I believe Milwaukee Yamaha has a package capable of winning the championship”.