Michael Dunlop in last minute BMW switch

The rumours have been swirling since the North West 200, but it has been confirmed this morning that Michael Dunlop will be released from his Milwaukee Yamaha contract to ride BMWs in the remainder of the Isle of Man TT.

Having signed a deal with Shaun Muir’s Milwaukee Yamaha team at the end of last year, Dunlop reportedly struggled with the R1 at the North West 200 and retired in the one and only Superbike race.  A short statement on the team’s website said:

Milwaukee Yamaha has today (Thursday), released Michael Dunlop from his contract with immediate effect.

Milwaukee Yamaha its staff and sponsors have worked tirelessly to prepare a race winning package especially with the introduction of the new R1M. The development of the bike is advancing well testament to results on the short circuit worldwide.

Despite having all the ingredients for TT success, rider, bike and team, Michael has taken the decision not to continue with the programme and for that reason we have released him from his contract.

Milwaukee Yamaha will continue to focus on its MCE British Superbike Championship campaign.

In last night’s first time Superbike session the Ballymoney man was 13th fastest. He of course won three races on the BMW last year, including the Senior TT. The likes of Michael Rutter, Lee Johnston, Guy Martin, and William Dunlop will also be BMW mounted in the Superbike class.

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