Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Dunlop joins Classic Suzuki

Ballymoney’s Michael Dunlop will partner Manxman Conor Cummins in the inaugural 2013 Classic TT on the Isle of Man next August, riding for Team Classic Suzuki owned by Englishman Steve Wheatman.

Antrim lad John Simpson and female racer Maria Costello have also signed up with the team.

Dunlop and Cummins will lead Team Suzuki’s charge in the Classic TT Formula 1 race, where both men will be XR69 Suzuki-mounted on the latest 16-valve 1000cc machines which are based on the bikes Graeme Crosby took to success in the Formula 1 World Championship and Suzuki 8-Hour back in 1980.

Dunlop, who won the Classic Superbike race at this year’s Manx on a similar machine, said: “It’s a real honour to ride for Team Classic Suzuki and their machinery as the back-up is second to none.

“It’s going to be good going head to head with Conor and hopefully we can take the top two steps on the podium between us.”

Cummins, who resides on the island in Ramsey, has yet to taste victory on home soil, but is well aware of the history surrounding the Manx Grand Prix and is delighted to be part of the Team Classic Suzuki set-up.

He added: “Yeah the XR69 Suzuki is a beautiful machine and I'm really looking forward to racing it on the Mountain Course.”

Antrim’s John Simpson will ride an iconic RG500 and Maria Costello a Harris framed GSX-R750.

The team will be managed by 7-time TT winner Mick Grant, with XR69 development expert John Sims from Trident Engineering handling all machine preparation.

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