William Dunlop will compete in the Superstock events at the 2016 Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix after joining forces with MSS Performance Colchester Kawasaki.
The 30-year-old will ride the brand new ZX-10R after striking a deal with Nick Morgan, which will also see the Northern Irishman contest selected National Superstock 1000 rounds.
Speaking about the deal, Dunlop said: “If I’m really honest I wasn’t too sure about Superstock but when I heard we had the option of running with Nick and understood the whole package I became really positive. I’m excited to be doing it properly with testing and some BSB rounds which will mean I’ll be sharp for the TT.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in green and that was an old MSS ZX-6R which was great bike. The team seem a really relaxed group to deal with and that’s just how I like to go racing.”
MSS Performance have made their name by tuning and preparing various members of the Kawasaki Ninja family – including Danny Buchan’s 2014 title-winning National Superstock machine.
MSS owner, Morgan said: “With the arrival of the new Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2016 is the perfect timing for the MSS Colchester Kawasaki Team to return to Road Racing with William Dunlop.
“We are looking forward to a full testing programme along with some wild card entries in Superstock 1000 in BSB with William, which I feel is essential to be competitive at the major road events. With more riders combining short circuit with the roads, gone are the days of just rocking up and being competitive.
“The lads are race sharp and in a short circuit frame of mind, and this I feel is exactly where we need to be with William and the team.”