Isle of Man TT: Milwaukee Yamaha comment on Michael Dunlop departure

The Milwaukee Yamaha team have released a statement on the departure of 11-time Isle of Man TT race winner Michael Dunlop from the team.

Dunlop announced this morning that he had decided to leave the team and re-join Buildbase BMW, the team in which he enjoyed success with at last year’s event.

The 26-year-old had been off the pace in last night’s first timed qualifying session, only managing to post lap of 124.519mph compared to the 128.641mph set by early pace-setter Bruce Anstey.

Milwaukee Yamaha have released the following statement:

“Milwaukee Yamaha has today (Thursday), released Michael Dunlop from his contract with immediate effect.

“Milwaukee Yamaha its staff and sponsors have worked tirelessly to prepare a race winning package especially with the introduction of the new R1M. The development of the bike is advancing well testament to results on the short circuit worldwide.

“Despite having all the ingredients for TT success, rider, bike and team, Michael has taken the decision not to continue with the programme and for that reason we have released him from his contract.

“Milwaukee Yamaha will continue to focus on its MCE British Superbike Championship campaign.”