DUNLOP BACK ON SUPERBIKE
William Dunlop was back in big bike action at Tandragee on a borrowed Mar-train Yamaha R1.
Team owner Tim Martin had said he was quitting the sport last December. The blue and white R1s have been for sale ever since but when Martin learnt that Dunlop would have no superbike to ride at Tandragee he told the Ballymoney man he could use the stocker-spec Yamaha R1.
“I am over the moon,” Dunlop said after finishing runner-up in the Open race.
“The bike is fast but I wasn’t really pushing because the track was slippery in places and very dusty.”
Dunlop has been without a superbike ride since his proposed deal with Halsall Racing evaporated, leaving him with just a supersport-spec Yamaha R6 to campaign this season.
“Up to last Thursday I thought I would only be riding a 600 this year,” he said.
“I have a new 2017-spec 600 built by Marcus Eschenbacher and I was going to concentrate on supersport but now there is the possibility of a superbike again.”
Although Martin is adamant his team won’t return to racing, Dunlop says the Co Down businessman will happily lend him the R1 for other 2017 races.
‘I thought I would only be riding a 600 this year’ WILLIAM DUNLOP
Mar-train may have quit but that didn’t stop them lending William an R1