Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 12 Feb 2016
Michael Dunlop will remain with Hawk Racing as he looks to return to winning ways at this year’s Isle of Man TT.
The 26-year-old will ride the Hawk-prepared BMW S1000RR in the three 1000cc classes as well as at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix. Dunlop will also ride two British Superbike wildcards in preparation for the road racing season.
Dunlop caused controversy last season by ditching the Milwaukee Yamaha team in practice week at the TT. Leicestershire-based Hawk Racing pulled together an eleventh-hour effort for the Ballymoney star and he went on to fight for a podium in the superbike race before crashing out heavily.
The injuries he sustained hampered the rest of his TT week, but he still recorded his fastest ever lap of the mountain course in the blue riband Senior TT.
“I’m coming back to the TT to win again,” said Dunlop at the London Motorcycle Show. “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.”
Team manager, Steve Hicken added: “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 and with a proper lead time to prepare this year we’re looking forward to helping him achieve his ambitions.”