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Dunlop’s firepower points to glory year

By Roy Harris

Following weeks of speculation Michael Dunlop — having parted company with long-time sponsor Gary Ryan — has finally announced his sponsor and machine line-up for the 2012 road racing season.

A consortium of sponsors and a variety of machines will all run under the banner of McAdoo Racing in a combination that Dunlop hopes will see him add to his national and international race wins.

He will ride a Hunts Motorcycles Honda Fireblade in the superbike class; a GSX-R600 Suzuki supplied by Martin Marlow under the Ard Na Mara Holiday Homes (Isle of Man) banner in the supersport class; a Kawasaki ZX 10 in superstock; and a 650cc supertwin Kawasaki supplied by McAdoo Racing for international events and some other meetings.

The McAdoo Racing logo will appear on all the machines except at Sunday events in which the McAdoo Team do not participate.

Team boss Jason McAdoo said: “McAdoo Racing will also provide Michael with two race transporters, spare ZX 10 and ZX-R6 Kawasakis as back up machines and have brought on board our sponsors GO Forecourt and many loyal trade sponsors who have been with McAdoo Racing for many years.

“Michael is the number one road racer around in our opinion and has the potential to dominate road racing for many years to come and we hope 2012 will bring much more success for Michael and McAdoo Racing.”

McAdoo Racing — based in Cookstown — celebrate their 30th anniversary this year and have won races at all events contested during this time including international success at the TT, Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200.

Dunlop, the Enkalon Adelaide Irish Motorcyclist of the Year, said: “The support I have had from my loyal band of sponsors has been unbelievable.

“They have all been 100 per cent behind me.

“After talking to Winston and Jason McAdoo and explaining what I had in my mind for 2012 we worked out a package that suits us both and they are happy to come on board, bringing with them a wealth of experience and knowledge,” he added.

The 23-year old won his second Isle of Man TT race last year with victory in the superstock class before an amazing treble at the Ulster Grand Prix, his first victories around the Dundrod Circuit, while he had numerous wins around the roads of Ireland and also clinched his first Southern 100 Solo Championship title.

For the new season Dunlop has switched from Kawasaki to Honda power for the superbike class.

He said: “My best ever lap around the TT circuit was on a Honda in 2010 and it is the proven machine in this class.

“A TT superbike win is high on my agenda this season and I feel Honda is the machine to be on.

“John Brown and the boys at Hunts Motorcycles in Manchester have been working flat out to prepare the machine with special parts form Padgetts and HRC, so along with McAdoo Racing we should have the ideal set up for the Mountain Course.

“I’m sticking with Kawasaki for superstock as it is the machine I won the TT and Ulster on last year in this class.

“For supersport it is a move to Suzuki while the supertwin Kawasaki is a new class and machine to me, as they are running races for them at the North West and TT for the first time. It should be an interesting season ahead.”

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