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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

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