Road racing – Dunlop rejoins Hawk Racing for 2016 campaign

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/06/14: Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW superbike at Governor’s Corner during the Pokerstars Senior race at the 2014 Isle of Man TT

Leicestershire based Hawk Racing has confirmed that Michael Dunlop will race for the team on the roads for the 2016 road racing season.

Eleven time TT Race winner Dunlop, 26, will again ride the BMW S1000 RR Superbike on which he dominated the 2014 TT Races, which included a Superbike and Senior TT double.

Dunlop’s 2015 TT campaign started in controversy after he sensationally walked away from the Milwaukee Yamaha team, citing the then new Yamaha R1 as being uncompetitive and ditching the bike and the team for a BMW S1000RR. However, his campaign was hampered by an injury sustained in the opening race of the meeting, the RST Superbike Race but he still went on to record his fastest TT lap – 132.515 – which is the second fastest lap in TT history, on the final lap of the PokerStars Senior TT to finish fifth.

The Ballymoney man will also race for the team at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix as well as campaigning the team’s Superbike in several BSB rounds, including Silverstone and Oulton Park, as a wild card entry.

Michael Dunlop was delighted with the move. He said: “I’m coming back to win again. 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.”

Hawk Racing Team Manager Steve Hicken was equally confident of renewed success. He said: “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 on the Isle of Man and with a proper lead time to prepare this year we’re looking forward to helping Michael achieve his ambitions.”

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