William Dunlop and Guy Martin will both race at the Cookstown 100 in April it has been confirmed.
The Tyco BMW team’s new bikes will make their Irish road racing debut at the Orritor circuit on the 24th and 25th April. Dunlop raced their last year, impressing in both Superbike races and only missing out on a victory in the Cookstown 100 feature race by corrected time. Martin missed the event due to endurance racing commitments.
“Supporting our local event is always of paramount importance when the calendar allows,” Team Manager Philip Neill said. “We are always very aware of our local supporters and how little they get to see us race at home these days, due to our British championship commitments. Taking that into consideration and with Cookstown being right on our doorstep, it’s always a pleasure to turn out at the event, which is well organised and has a great atmosphere being the opening Irish national event of the season.”
Having missed the event last year, Martin is making a return to the race. “Cookstown is always a great way to blow off the winter cobwebs and having already tested the BMW in Spain, I’m really looking forward to it now,” he explained. “I missed last year and quite a bit of good racing from what I hear, so it’ll be a good way to roll out the big BMW for the first time. It’ll be mint and I’m sure a few of the other top boys will turn up for a decent bit of racing.” Martin will also race in the Spring Cup event at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough on April 10th and 11th.
Dunlop will be appearing at the Cookstown 100 for a second time with Tyco, albeit on a different bike this time round. “Although we did have some success [last year], I was disappointed to lose out on the big bike win last year on corrected time,” he said. “It’s a great incentive to go back to Cookstown next month – it is a great little circuit and the Club put on a top event, so I’ll be doing my best to try and notch up my first win for Tyco BMW.”
“We had a great test in Spain recently and I really enjoyed riding the S1000RR, so it’s time to add in a few lumps and bumps at a national road race,” he concluded. “I’m sure we can put on a decent show and the fans turn out in force to see us.”