Isle of Man TT: Michael Dunlop to race with Phase One Yamaha

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Michael Dunlop has been signed up to ride for Phase One Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT.

The 20-year-old son of TT legend Robert Dunlop, who died at the North West 200 earlier this month, will replace Jimmy McBride who is injured after a crash.

Dunlop and brother William had decided not to race at the Isle of Man TT this year saying there would be nobody to look after them following the death of their father, but he caught the attentions of the Phase One Yamaha team after his victory in the 250cc class at the North West 200.

Joining Dunlop in the team will be American rider Jimmy Moore.

 Phase One Yamaha team manager Russell Benney commented, “Michael will be out on our bike for tomorrow night’s practice.

“We’re really pleased to have him (Michael Dunlop) on board; he’s got a wise head on young shoulders and is keen and enthusiastic. He’s very much up for it and we’re all looking forward to working with him.”

Dunlop and Moore will compete in the Dainese Superbike Isle of Man TT on Saturday, May 31 and the Dainese Senior TT Race on Friday, June 6, riding specially prepared versions of the Yamaha Phase One Endurance YZF-R1 race bikes.

Sarah Carnell

By Sarah Carnell