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Michael Dunlop is ready to return to racing after William tragedy


By Roy Harris

Michael Dunlop has ended doubts over his future in road racing by announcing that he will return to the TAS Racing team for the upcoming season.

Dunlop stepped away from racing last summer after the death of brother William at the Skerries 100 last July and refused to rush into a decision on whether he would return for this year.

The 29-year-old - who also lost father Robert and uncle Joey to racing incidents - stayed out of the public eye while he made his decision.

Ballymoney man Dunlop, who has won 19 times around the Isle of Man TT circuit, was in attendance to receive William's Hall of Fame award at the recent Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.

William was awarded a similar accolade at the Cornmarket Irish Motorcyclist of the Year Awards last Friday.

After months of deliberation, Michael confirmed he will be back. He said: "I'm looking forward to working with the TAS Racing boys again this year.

"We grabbed a Superbike TT win last year, which was a good start, and the goal this year will be to go after the Superbike and Senior TT wins on the Island."

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