Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

William Dunlop delighting fans after making Westmeath pledge

Conor Cummin

This weekend's road racing actions heads to County Westmeath for the 'Race of the South' at Walderstown, with the biggest news surrounding Milwaukee Yamaha's William Dunlop – who is now confirmed to be riding his factory R1 Superbike at the event.

Dunlop's team opted out of the Southern 100 this week in the Isle of Man, but with Randalstown businessman Chris Dowd tied into the Supersport project involving the Ballymoney rider – the former World Supersport machine did make it's way to Billown for the Friendly Races.

His team-mate Conor Cummins has been forced to sit on the sidelines at his home event this week, but was in the Snetterton BSB paddock last weekend, with the rumour mill in full swing – the best story having him moving to Honda machinery for the Ulster Grand Prix.

The Belfast Telegraph can today confirm that Cummins will remain with the Milwaukee Yamaha squad for the remainder of the season, and will test his Yamaha Superbike and Supersport machines alongside William Dunlop at Cadwell Park this Monday, July 15.

Cummins said: "I'm obviously disappointed not to be out on the bikes this week at the Southern, but I spoke to the team at Snetterton and my focus is now on the test this coming Monday and getting prepared for the Ulster Grand Prix in August.

"The R1 is the quickest Superbike I've ever ridden and should suit the Dundrod circuit, so I'm looking forward to it now."

Having beaten his brother Michael in a fiercely contested Supersport event at Skerries last weekend, William Dunlop will be looking to add a Superbike victory to that tally on Sunday at Walderstown.

Either way, the Dunlops will be a great marketing draw for the Fore Motor Cycle Club who are celebrating their 40th Anniversary this weekend.

Roads close on Sunday at 11am.

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