Tyco Suzuki has sensationally announced a last minute addition to their roadracing lineup, with William Dunlop set to join the Northern Irish team for 2014.
Dunlop, who had a disappointing 2013 with Milwaukee Yamaha, had initially been rumored to be signed with local businessman Chris Dowd, but has instead made the move from Yamaha to Suzuki.
Dunlop will ride the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand prix for the squad alongside teammate Guy Martin, as well as the Southern 1200 and selected Irish road races.
Dunlop said after the deal had been signed: “Now that I have it all signed off I’m pretty excited to be honest. I know how fast the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600 is having followed Guy Martin this year at the Southern 100 and his results on the Superbike at the Ulster Grand Prix speak for themselves. I never expected to be riding for Hector and Philip this year but it just shows you what can happen in racing, and now that I am I can’t wait to get started.”
Philip Neill, Team Manager added: “We are very pleased to complete our road racing line-up for 2014. It was a fairly last minute agreement with William, but one that we are delighted to announce, and our goal is now to help him achieve his first Isle of Man TT victory in 2014. As well as the three internationals, we will also compete in a number of national events with him next season.
“He’s a very talented rider and I believe he’s now at the right stage of his career to challenge for victories at all three internationals, and not just in the 600 class I might add, as he’s also a very good Superbike rider.”
For the full story see tomorrow Wednesday 13th November’s Motorcycle News.