Hawk Racing confirm signing of Michael Dunlop


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Hawk Racing have confirmed that 11-time Isle of Man TT race winner Michael Dunlop will compete with the team once again at this year’s event.

The Leicestershire-based team made the announcement at the London Motorcycle Show and also revealed that Dunlop will ride for them at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old will once again ride the BMW S1000 RR machine which he rode to victory in the 2014 Superbike and Senior TT events.

Dunlop’s 2015 TT effort was hampered by an injury sustained in his very first race. Despite this set-back the Northern Irishman still went on to post the second-fastest lap in TT history – at 132.515mph – on the final lap of the Senior TT race.

Following the announcement, Dunlop said: “I’m coming back to win again. I gave it my best last year but the Superbike crash wasn’t the best preparation for the Senior.  My last lap at the TT reminded everyone what I can do and with these boys behind me I’m ready to race properly again.”

Alongside all of his road racing commitments with the team, Dunlop will also ride the Hawk Racing superbike at selected rounds of the MCE British Superbike Championship as a wild card.

Some of the rounds that have already announced include Silverstone and Oulton Park.

Hawk Racing Team Manager Steve Hicken added: “We’re delighted to have Michael back on board for 2016.  We know what we have to do to get him back on the top step on the Isle of Man and with a proper lead time to prepare this year we’re looking forward to helping Michael achieve his ambitions.”

The 2016 Isle of Man TT road racing event gets officially gets underway on Saturday, May 28.

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