Dunlop set for BMW superbike at Ulster Grand Prix

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Michael Dunlop will have the factory supported BMW S1000RR that he rode to both Superbike wins at the Isle of Man TT available for the final international road race of the year, as the German manufacturer looks set to return to the Ulster Grand Prix’s Dundrod circuit.

However, he Ballymoney man, who has only one superbike win of his six at the Ulster, says that it’ll be all new ground for the team and the bike.

“Dundrod is going to be the same as everywhere else we’ve gone to this year; we’ve never had the BMW around there before, and it’ll be interesting to see how it goes. Everywhere we’ve went so far we’ve done a great job on a bike that’s never been proven before, and we just need to keep pushing, and hopefully the big girl will be ok!”

“It’s a fast circuit, but the bike is good and there’s a few different things we’ll be able to change for there. There’s stuff we’d have liked to work on a bit more so far but we just haven’t had the time, so the project is still going. There’s a lot of things we’d like to do, but it’s been fantastic so far considering it’s untested.”

Going on to speak about the 133mph average Dundrod track, a favourite of many racers, Dunlop said: “There’s a lot of fast and flowing corners there, and the tar is about as smooth as any road race circuit can be. If the weather stays good, there’s going to be some fantastic racing – the track is already in great condition and there’s still a month to go.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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