Belfast Telegraph

Michael Dunlop set to race in British Sidecar finale

By Paul Lindsay

Michael Dunlop will take to three wheels when he competes in the final round of this year's British Sidecar Championship at Brands Hatch on October 15 and 16.

The 27-year-old Ballymoney rider will have experienced sidecar passenger Dan Sayle - eight times a TT winner - in the chair when they take to the grid in a borrowed LCR 600cc Honda from the Birchall brothers.

"I'm looking forward to having the craic in the outfit at Brands," said Dunlop, who has already finished on a three-wheel podium with Sayle at Oliver's Mount.

The Manxman is himself an accomplished solo pilot, winning this year's Lightweight Manx Grand Prix by an impressive margin on a Moto3 machine.

With just one round remaining in this season's British Superbike Championship the rumour mill is already in full swing. Last weekend at Assen there were strong whispers that JG Speedfit Kawasaki would pull out of the series at the end of the season.

With James Ellison rumoured to be heading to a Yamaha Superbike team run in a joint effort by Keith Flint's Traction Control Team and Steve Rogers from Raceways fame, the big question is where does that leave title contender Leon Haslam?

Michael Dunlop's Buildbase BMW team has been linked with Suzuki GB for 2017, which opens the debate as to whether he will be spooked at the prospect of riding an under-developed bike at the 2017 TT - something he didn't enjoy during his time with Milwaukee Yamaha.

The 2016 champion Josh Brookes is also expected to return on his favoured Yamaha machinery in the Halsall team.

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