Michael Dunlop leads Team Classic Suzuki line up for Classic TT

by Emily Macbeth

Senior TT winner Michael Dunlop will lead the three-man Team Classic Suzuki squad into the 2017 Classic TT races. He will line up alongside Lee Johnston and Danny Webb on identically prepared GSXR1100 Suzuki powered XR69’s for the race on Monday 28th August.

Fifteen times TT winner Dunlop took the win in 2015 and 2016 and set a new lap record in the process. He heads into this years race as a favourite for the win.

Fellow Irishman Johnston is coming back from injury. He was forced to sit out last year’s Classic TT and also had to sit out this year’s main TT races, so is coming back more determined than ever. He took fifth in 2014 and seventh in 2015 and has lapped at an impressive 123.636mph around the course.

Former Moto3 World Championship rider Danny Webb will be completing the line up. After a crash during qualifying at this year’s Isle of Man TT left him with a dislocated shoulder and back injuries, he’s back to make amends. He was part of the team last year, lapped at 121.289mph and finished in sixth place, something he must be eager to repeat.

When asked about his line up, team owner Steve Wheatman said:

“The Classic TT has quickly turned into a prestigious event with a high quality entry, so we expect a very hard challenge from the rest of the opposition in the Superbike Race.

“In Michael we have a consistent race winner and he will be looking to add to his win tally and we will be providing him a bike capable of doing that.

“Lee and Danny are both coming off the back of injuries from the TT, but both expect to be fully fit in time and we know they are both capable of featuring at the front of the race.”

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