Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Dunlop boys can deliver at Dundrod

The Dunlop name is synonymous with Dundrod with Joey Dunlop and his brother Robert having scored an incredible 65 wins around the 7.4 mile circuit set high in the hills above Belfast, Joey holding the record for most wins on 48.

Now the new generation of the family steeped in motorcycle racing history Michael and William have taken up the mantle and will be looking to continue the tradition of a Dunlop winning at Dundrod during Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week.

Michael has been the man in the limelight this season with some blistering performances most notably upsetting the favourites by winning his first TT riding his Street Sweep supersport 600 Yamaha after obliterating the lap record unofficially in practice.

The 21-year-old is a straight talking, hard riding young man who has used the motivation of his late father Robert to work his way up the road racing success ladder.

He says: “What my da done in his life is the inspiration that drives me on. I would love to follow in his footsteps and win a race at Dundrod.”

Already this season Michael has clinched the Irish 125 and 250cc road racing titles and would dearly love an Ulster Grand Prix win to add to his CV.

It is in the prestigious supersport races where he will look to take that elusive first Dundrod win to make it a TT UGP double in the class.

Brother William already has a Dundrod victory under his belt having won the 250cc race in 2007, with Michael in second position.

William said: “When the wee bike is going well it is a real flying machine. Given a dry race and a trouble free run we should not be far away.”

William, who rides for Paddy Flynn in the smaller classes and Crhis Dowd in the supersport and superstock classes, can mix it with the best and his second place behind Ryan Farquhar at Armoy on Saturday in the supersport class shows it is not just the two-stroke classes where he is capable of winning.

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