Michael Dunlop adds dose of home comforts to Armoy Road Race scene
Thirteen-time Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop has confirmed himself as a late entrant for this weekend's Armoy Road Race, where he will campaign his MD Racing Yamaha in the Supersport class and his Superstock specification BMW in the Open and Grand Final races.
It's a great boost for the popular event and, with Dunlop having decimated his rivals on the International Road Racing scene aboard the Hawk Racing/Buildbase BMW this year, his participation will no doubt swell the crowd figures at his home event.
Having won the feature race of the day - the SGS International Race of Legends - for the past five years, it would be fair to say he will take some stopping on Saturday, despite riding his MD Racing BMW Superstock machine.
In recent weeks, Dunlop has taken Superbike wins at Skerries and Walderstown, topped off with a magnificent four-timer at the Southern 100. With the Tyco BMW of Guy Martin not on the grid at Armoy, it will be left to his brother William, Derek Sheils, Derek McGee and Manxman Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Yamaha to try and stop MD making it six in a row.
International riders at Armoy include Michal Dokoupil from the Czech Republic, Fabrice Faivre from France and Canadian Darren James, who will be the sole representative at the event for Ryan Farquhar's KMR/SGS International Kawasaki team.
Clerk of Course Bill Kennedy, said: "Bike week is already well underway with a great turnout at the motorcycle run out on Sunday and the service at Lagge Hall on Sunday evening. We are expecting big crowds now on Friday and Saturday."