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Michael Dunlop has plenty to think about in the coming weeks

With the recent announcement that Michael Dunlop is no longer being considered as part of Honda Racing's plans in 2014, and his brother William involved in discussions with local team Tyco Suzuki, all the speculation is now linking the Ballymoney man with Shaun Muir's Milwaukee Yamaha team.

To put the record straight, I spoke to a representative from Muir's title sponsor, Milwaukee Power Tools, and he said: "We have had no correspondence of late with Michael Dunlop and are unsure of his intentions for 2014.

"However if a rider of Michael's calibre was to become available and had a desire to ride our machinery, we would have to speak to him. Contrary to recent reports we have not met with or discussed face to face options to run Michael in 2014."

There has also been speculation that Dunlop may put his decision on hold until the New Year, with some jumping the gun and making accusations of temporary retirement.

Personally that's not something I see happening, and if the four-time winner at this year's TT back in June decides to 'paddle his own boat' in 2014 – racing under the MD Racing banner – then he's more than capable of adding to those Isle of Man victories.

It's a well-known fact that Michael's aim in 2014 is to win all five TT races, and to do that he has already said he needs a mixed bag of machinery – hand picking the best bikes from a number of manufacturers. So the lucky team to grab his signature, will more than likely only see him ride their Superbike.

It's an ongoing saga that could linger for days, weeks or even months, but one thing is for sure – everyone is, and will continue to debate it.

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