Road racing’s worst kept secret has finally been confirmed – Michael Dunlop will contest the international road races with BMW.
The Northern Irish rider, who won four races at last year’s Isle of Man TT, had announced that he would be taking a break from racing in 2014 due to not finding the right deal. After weeks of speculation however he has finally confirmed that he is joining forces with BMW Motorrad UK and Hawk Racing for the season ahead.
The team will be running both a Superstock BMW in Dunlop Racing livery and a Superbike BMW S 1000 RR in BMW Motorsport livery. “I’m really pleased to have signed for such a strong and competitive team,” Dunlop said of the news. “The BMW S 1000 RR certainly has the speed for the TT and, with my experience, the support from BMW Motorrad Motorsport and Hawk Racing, I know we have a race-winning package. I really thought about sitting out this year, but I have found a team that I am really comfortable with and the support from BMW Motorrad Motorsport will make us a force to be reckoned with this year.”
Dunlop joins the team on the 75th anniversary of Georg Meier’s historic win at the Senior TT in 1939 – BMW’s first and only TT win. He will try to emulate Meier’s achievement, as well as adding to his own success at last year’s TT, along with contesting the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix. There are also plans to attend some national races. He will continue to race with his own MD Racing Superstock, supported by his sponsors including McAdoo.