Michael Dunlop returns from his TT glory for Skerries races
A hetic few weeks of road racing begins this afternoon with practice for tomorrow's Lough shinny Club promoted AonIsure.ie Skerries event where Michael Dunlop is set to make his first appearance since his memorable four wins and a second place during the Isle of Man TT in June.
Dunlop has had a break from the sport, but will be back with the same determination and drive that took him to those TT victories and looks set to be the man to beat around the 2.92 mile Milverton Circuit, north of Dublin, where he has not won a race since 2010.
"Skerries is the home race of one of my sponsors, Gary Ryan, and it would be nice to give him a win or two this weekend," Dunlop said. "I'm ready to get back into winning action and we'll just see where it takes me in front of what is usually a huge crowd of folk. This is a great opportunity to give all my MD Racing sponsors a good show."
William Dunlop was a double winner last year before a crash left him with a shoulder injury that troubled him for the rest of the season, but he looks a likely winner of the Moto3 and 250cc races tomorrow while he will be a strong contender for the supersport race on the CD Racing Milwaukee Yamaha. Dunlop has no machine for the superbike races this weekend as his Milwaukee Yamaha is not available until Walderstown a week on Sunday.
"It's a pity I don't have it for Skerries," he said. "Superbike is the main class and you need something competitive to be able to run at the front with Michael. I hope to give him a run for his money in the supersport race."
Lining up against the Dunlops and chasing podiums will be the likes of Derek Sheils, a Superbike winner at Cork recently, Jamie Hamilton and local stars Andy Farrell and Michael Sweeney.
The action gets underway this afternoon with roads closed between 3pm and 9.30pm while tomorrow roads close early at 9am.
Meanwhile, the BSB championship returns this weekend at Snetterton, in Norfolk where the Gearlink Kawasaki versus Mar-Train Yamaha battles are set to resume between Alastair Seeley and Stuart Easton, a single point separating them at the top of the championship.
Keith Farmer will look to continue his solid results from Knockhill in the British Superbike series riding the PBM Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki while Tyco Suzuki runner Josh Brookes must be sick at the sight of Shayne Byrne winning races and heading him in the championship.
Practice for Sunday's races begins this morning with qualifying tomorrow.