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Michael Dunlop withdraws from USA race due to 'serious injuries' but confirms Southern 100 entry

Michael Dunlop.
Michael Dunlop.

Michael Dunlop has withdrawn from this weekend's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb after sustaining injuries in a crash at the Donegal International Rally.

The 30-year-old is expected to be out of action for two weeks following Saturday's crash during the Knockalla stage.

Dunlop is intending to make his return to racing in next month's Southern 100 ahead of the Ulster Grand Prix in August.

The 2019 Isle of Man Southern 100 Road Races which take place from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July.

Dunlop has confirmed that he has his BMW Superbike and Honda Supersport machines being set up for the races on the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course.

He will aiming to win back the coveted Solo Championship title from current 2017 and 2018 winner Dean Harrison.

Dunlop will not, however, be racing in Colorado this weekend.

“Michael and his navigator were involved in a high speed, heavily impacted accident on Saturday, June 22nd at the Donegal International Rally in Ireland. Neither party was at fault," read a statement from MD Racing.

"Michael suffered serious injuries which will leave him out of action for two weeks. A further update of his condition will be made in the near future.”

It had been hoped that Dunlop's visit would boost the international reputation of the event branded the 'race to the clouds'.

“All of us at the PPIHC wish Michael and his navigator a speedy recovery and hope to see him return to Pikes Peak next year,” said Megan Leatham, Executive Director.

The Donegal Rally, of course, ended in tragedy when father-of-five Manus Kelly was killed in a collision.

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