Belfast Telegraph

Dunlop has wealth of options ahead of 2015 campaign

By Paul Lindsay

Michael Dunlop has been linked to four different manufacturers in the past seven days according to the grapevine gossip, which circulates like wildfire once the NEC bike show in Birmingham kicks into life.

Despite his departure from the official BMW set-up, it still hasn't ruled out the Ballymoney man from riding privately-entered German machinery at the three international road races in 2015.

That in itself isn't a shock, but since SMR team owner Shaun Muir, who manages the Milwaukee Yamaha BSB set-up, announced in a UK-based publication that he would run a one-rider team at next year's TT, Dunlop's name, as expected, has been inextricably linked as a possibility.

Muir did make it clear that the rider would not be his British Superbike number one, however. That is Josh Brookes, but with the Aussie more than keen to do both the North West 200 and TT, one wonders will an 11th hour turnaround take place, akin to this year?

Dunlop, who has 11 TT wins under his belt, has also been linked to a high profile Kawasaki BSB team to spearhead their road racing campaign, and he's also been spotted talking to a highly respected and well-utilised BSB team manager, who is reportedly keen to put Dunlop on Suzuki machinery at TT2015.

In other news, all-new Belfast-based team Collision Kawasaki will make their debut in the Pirelli National Superstock 600cc Championship next season with 17-year-old English rider Jesse James Jones.

Cookstown racer Richard Glasgow was expected to fill the second berth after making the trip to Brands in October, but the Co. Tyrone man has opted out of the deal according to local sources.

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