Michael Dunlop will ride for Buildbase BMW during the 2016 road racing season.
The Ballymoney rider will reunite with Hawk Racing with whom he won three races at the 2014 Isle of Man TT.
He will compete on Hawk Racing machinery at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix along with the TT. “I’m coming back to the TT to win again,” Dunlop stated, making his intentions clear. “I gave it my best last year but the Superbike crash wasn’t the best preparation for the Senior. My last lap at the TT reminded everyone what I can do and with these boys behind me I’m ready to race properly again.”
Dunlop endured a tricky 2015 season with the Yamaha R1 before making a last minute swap on the eve of the first TT races to BMW. His subsequent crash hampered the rest of his season but he overcame injury to win at the Armoy Race of Legends. He will be hoping to move back to the front of the field with BMW this season.
Steve Hicken, Hawk Racing’s Team Manager, shared Dunlop’s high hopes for the year ahead. “We’re delighted to have Michael back on board for 2016. We know what we have to do to get him back on the top step,” he revealed. “With a proper lead time to prepare this year we’re looking forward to helping him achieve his ambitions.”