Michael Dunlop has confirmed his plans for the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy.
The Northern Irish racer will compete in all solo classes, including the new-look Lightweight race for SuperTwins.
Competing under the Michael Dunlop Racing banner in conjunction with the McAdoo team, Dunlop will compete on a Suzuki GSXR 600 in the Monster Energy Supersport races, a Hunts Motorcycles-built Honda Fireblade in the Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior and a Kawasaki ZX10 in the Royal London 360 Superstock Race.
He will also campaign an ER-6 Kawasaki SuperTwin in the Lightweight TT that precedes Friday’s Senior TT.
The team will be running under new colours designed by Jason McAdoo to celebrate the team’s 30th anniversary and reflect Michael’s black and white helmet design. The iconic McAdoo pink and teal will also be present on all six bikes.
The Ballymoney man is building a successful TT career since his debut in 2007. Already the fastest Dunlop family member around the course, which he achieved in 2008 with a lap of 124.773mph, finishing 10th in the Senior, he has since gone on to claim victories in the 2009 Supersport and 2011 Superstock TTs.
He currently stands 7th on the all-time list of fastest laps around the Mountain course with 130.213mph, which he set last year, and has finished on the podium 7 times, including four runner-up places.
“As everyone knows, I’ll be going hard at it as usual.”
“It’s been pretty stressful getting everything together and as an independent racer it’s never straightforward. I’ve had to invest heavily to get the right machinery, and we’re still looking for a couple of sponsors to help, but I’m confident that I’ve got everything in place to get some more wins under my belt at the TT.”
“It’s a different approach, but some of the lads like Martin Marlow, Gerard Rice, Seamus Byrne and Mark Dunne are still with me as personal sponsors and we have a couple of new sponsors like Elas and Minimix Concrete also on board.”
“Winston McAdoo has always had great riders and if they weren’t great he made them great. I was a big admirer of Bob Jackson and look at Ryan Farquhar, Ian Hutchinson and Conor Cummins. We will get on well because the team only want to win, just like me.”
Isle of Man Government TT and Motorsport Manager Paul Phillips said:
“Michael is one of the most exciting young competitors around the TT course and is one of a handful of riders that can win any of the classes on his day.”
“Over the last few years he has become one of the genuine stars of the TT and he’ll be looking to add to his already impressive TT CV this June.”