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Dunlop on Ducati V4 R for 2020 IOM TT

Michael Dunlop on Ducati

Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) has confirmed 19-times TT winner Michael Dunlop will race one of the team’s VisionTrack Ducatis at the Isle of Man TT Races this year, with the 30-year-old from Ballymoney in County Antrim signing a deal to race a factory-supported VisionTrack Ducati V4 R in both the Superbike and Senior races at this year’s festival.

Dunlop didn’t enjoy the best of TTs in 2019, but despite finishing in the top six in the Superbike, Senior, Superstock and both Supersport events, he did win the Lightweight TT to add to his tally as the third most successful rider around the 37.73-mile course.

Michael Dunlop VisionTrack Ducati

Michael Dunlop VisionTrack Ducati

Michael Dunlop on the VisionTrack Ducati in testing

He will race his own machines in the Supersport and Superstock events but seven times BSB champions PBM will field the Ulsterman in the two main races as they look to add to their illustrious TT history.

The last time the Penrith-based team contested the Isle of Man TT Races was in 2015 when Ian Hutchinson scored a second in the Superbike TT and a third in the Senior TT as well as winning the Superstock TT race, all aboard PBM Kawasakis, to celebrate the team’s first major foray onto the Isle of Man for 12 years.

That success came after PBM previously contested the event with Ducati in 2003 when John McGuinness took second in the TT Formula 1 race and third in the Senior TT riding the MonsterMob-sponsored bikes.

Prior to that, Joey Dunlop – Michael’s uncle – famously won his last big bike TT for Paul Bird when he took victory in the 2000 TT Formula 1 race onboard a Demon Vimto Honda SP1, just a month before he was tragically killed in a race in Estonia.

PBM and Michael have worked together before when they prepared a Kawasaki ZX-10R for him to win the 2011 Superstock TT. Ducati’s current quickest lap at the TT is 128.717mph by Michael Rutter in 2011.

Michael Dunlop VisionTrack Ducati

Michael Dunlop VisionTrack Ducati

Michael Dunlop

Michael, who rode the machine for the first time at the official BSB test in Jerez, will also race the PBM-prepared VisionTrack Ducati at the 2020 International North West 200 in Northern Ireland during the week commencing Monday 11th May.

Meanwhile, regular Bennetts BSB riders Josh Brookes and Christian Iddon are continuing their Spanish pre-season schedule at Jerez today and tomorrow. The VisionTrack Ducati pairing were at the cutting edge of last week’s tests at Monteblanco, setting first and second fastest times on day one before ending day two with Australian Brookes second fastest and new signing Iddon in eighth.

Josh Brookes VisionTrack Ducati

Josh Brookes VisionTrack Ducati

Josh Brookes
Source: MCNews.com.au

Michael Dunlop to race Classic TT, injured or not…

2019 Classic TT

Michael Dunlop to Team Classic Suzuki

Michael Dunlop has been announced as part of the Team Classic Suzuki 2019 Classic TT effort, with the three-rider team also including Phil Crowe and Danny Webb. Dunlop and Crowe will compete aboard GSX-R1100 powered XR69s, while Webb will ride a Suzuki RG500.

BSB Test Oulton Park Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop

Ulsterman Dunlop, who hopes to be fully fit after his recent spill at the Southern 100, will lead the team in the four-lap RST Superbike race. Dunlop missed last year’s event after withdrawing from racing for the second half of the season but having won the race in 2013, 2015 and again in 2016, he will undoubtedly start as one of the pre-race favourites.

The 30-year old dominated the inaugural race six years ago before having a close battle with 500cc-mounted Bruce Anstey in 2015, and then successfully saw off the challenge of Harrison in 2016. Dunlop’s lap in that race of 126.808 mph is his fastest in the class and is only bettered by Anstey and Harrison who lapped in excess of 127 mph two years ago when the Ballymoney rider was in early retirement.

Dunlop has however, also aggravated a broken wrist injury, sustained at the Southern 100 earlier in July, and emerged from the hospital with his wrist in plaster, sharing on social media, “The Doc reckons that’s the end of race season for this year. Think again Doc…” He was also reported to have broken his pelvis in the same incident.

Michael Dunlop (1000 Suzuki/Team Classic Suzuki) at Douglas Road corner, Kirk Michael during Friday evening's Classic TT qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS
Michael Dunlop (1000 Suzuki/Team Classic Suzuki) at Douglas Road corner, Kirk Michael during Friday evening’s Classic TT qualifying session. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS

Webb continues with the team for a fourth successive year. He raced an XR69 in the first two years with his best performance being 2016 when he finished in a strong sixth place after recording a fastest lap of 121.289mph. He also took ninth in 2017 on the same machine.

Twelve months ago he had his first taste of two-stroke action around the Mountain Course though when he rode the team’s RG500 Suzuki. After lapping at 115.572mph during practice week, he was unluckily forced to retire from the race but with a year’s experience under their belt, they are well placed to improve on that result this year.

Classic TT 2016 - Danny Webb - Image by Kevin Warren
Classic TT 2016 – Danny Webb – Image by Kevin Warren

The RG500 Suzuki enjoyed considerable success in the World and British Formula One Championship races of the 1980s and both Webb and the team will again be aiming to set the fastest lap around the 37.73-mile Mountain Circuit by an RG500. This mark is currently held by Rob McElnea who recorded a lap of 118.24 mph some 25 years ago during a titanic battle with Joey Dunlop in the 1984 Senior TT.

Crowe lines up with Steve Wheatman’s team at the Classic TT for the second time, having proved his pedigree recently at the TT. The Lincolnshire rider has been regularly challenging for top ten positions and has now lapped at almost 130 mph – his fastest lap of 129.957 mph came in last year’s Superbike race. He finished 14th in the RST Superbike race at this year’s TT.

Phil Crowe at the IoM TT back in 2017
Phil Crowe at the IoM TT back in 2017

Crowe was seventh fastest qualifier for last year’s RST Superbike Classic TT with a near 121 mph lap and both he and Webb will looking to maintain Team Classic Suzuki’s success at the event.

2019 Classic TT tickets available

Tickets for the 2019 Classic TT are now on sale via the Official iomttraces.com website (link) with Official Grandstand Tickets, VIP Hospitality Experiences, and Official Entertainment Events including the Counterfeit Stones Classic TT Party Performance all available.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Michael Dunlop wins Lightweight TT

Lightweight TT

Michael Dunlop takes 19th TT win

Michael Dunlop took a thrilling Bennetts Lightweight TT Race victory at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, on Thursday evening when he beat Jamie Coward by just 1.299s at the end of the shortened two-lap race.

Dunlop (SC Corse Paton) and Coward (KTS Racing Kawasaki) swapped the race lead on a number of occasions and were never more than a few seconds apart but the Ulsterman just held off Coward for his 19th TT victory. Lee Johnston finished in third place on the KMR Kawasaki.

Dunlop led Coward at Glen Helen on the first lap by 2.68s with Gary Johnson only 0.676s adrift in third. Bonetti slotted into fourth ahead of Michael Rutter and Johnston with Peter Hickman the best of the Nortons in eighth.

IOMTT Lightweight Lee Johnston
Lee Johnston

Coward pulled two tenths of a second back on the run to Ballaugh but by Ramsey Dunlop had extended his lead to four seconds and although Johnson was still in third, he was now 5.8s behind Coward. He had his hands full with KMR Kawasaki team-mate Johnston who had closed to within 0.158s but John McGuinness was a retirement at Ballaugh.

Over the Mountain, Coward took 3.7s out of Dunlop’s lead to trail by just three tenths of a second at the Bungalow and he took the lead for the first time at Cronk ny Mona. His opening lap of 120.65mph gave him a slender 0.748s advantage over Dunlop but Johnston had made great progress to move up to third ahead of Stefano Bonetti, Johnson and Paul Jordan.

Davey Todd retired his Norton at the pits but at the head of the field, Dunlop cut Coward’s lead by three tenths of a second at Glen Helen second time around with just under half a second separating the duo. Johnston was only two seconds ahead of Bonetti as Jordan moved ahead of Johnson into fifth.

At Ballaugh, the gap had come down further still to 0.163s but at Ramsey Dunlop was back in front by 1.4s with just the final run over the Mountain to come. Coward wasn’t giving up without a fight though and he had the better run to the Bungalow as he brought the deficit down to 1.158s.

IOMTT Lightweight Jamie Coward
Jamie Coward

The Yorkshire rider took another four tenths out of Dunlop as they passed through Cronk ny Mona and as Dunlop flashed across the line at 122.746mph, three-hundredths of a second outside his own lap record, he had an agonising wait to see if he’d won.

Coward lapped at 122.52mph but fell 1.299s short although second place saw him claim his first ever TT podium.

Lee Johnston took third for former winner Ryan Farquhar with Paul Jordan taking an excellent fourth place finish in his third TT ahead of Michael Rutter and Stefano Bonetti.

Gary Johnson faded to seventh as Peter Hickman gave Norton something to cheer about in eighth with Dominic Herbertson and Horst Saiger completing the top ten.

IOMTT Lightweight Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop

2019 Lightweight TT Results

  1. Michael Dunlop
  2. Jamie Coward +1.299
  3. Lee Johnston +23.990
  4. Paul Jordan +29.265
  5. Michael Rutter +34.206
  6. Stefano Bonetti +37.210
  7. Gary Johnson +44.154
  8. Peter Hickman +49.582
  9. Dominic Herbertson +83.574
  10. Horst Saiger +96.224
  11. James Chawke +109.913
  12. Ian Lougher +126.416
  13. John Barton +148.509
  14. Jonathan Perry +152.454
  15. Michal Dokuopil +158.813
  16. Shaun Anderson +171.246
  17. Xavier Denis +186.364
  18. Jim Hodson +192.763
  19. Rob Whittall +203.513
  20. Darren Cooper +207.896

Source: MCNews.com.au

Josh Brookes sets pace at Oulton Park BSB Test

2019 BSB
Oulton Park Test

Josh Brookes has put a disastrous opening round of the 2019 British Superbike Championship behind him and was back on the front foot this week with the 35-year-old topping the official BSB test at Oulton Park ahead of the Bank Holiday second round next weekend (May 4/5/6), edging ahead of Danny Buchan at the Cheshire circuit.

BSB Test Oulton Park Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

The 2015 champion topped the opening two sessions in the dry conditions after a tough start to his season at Silverstone last weekend; putting a massive gap of 1.067s between himself and FS-3 Racing Kawasaki’s Buchan on combined times.

BSB Test Oulton Park Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

Josh Brookes – Be Wiser Ducati

“I am obviously really pleased to have been fastest in the dry as that is everybody’s goal. I am actually really pleased with the progress we made today as there were a few things that we needed to address and explore some setup changes. Leaving Silverstone we were disappointed but I was then focused on here and working through some setting changes we didn’t get the chance to try at Silverstone and the bike performed really well – it has been a really positive day.”

BSB Test Oulton Park Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

Tommy Bridewell was back at the sharp end on the Oxford Racing Ducati, clocking the third fastest time ahead of next weekend’s next two races, pushing ahead of Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon as the team continue their development work with the new S1000RR.

BSB Test Oulton Park Christian Iddon
Christian Iddon

Peter Hickman also proved the pace of the BMWs by setting the fifth fastest time, maintaining his position ahead of Luke Stapleford on the leading Suzuki on his return to Oulton Park for the first time in three years.

BSB Test Oulton Park Peter Hickman
Peter Hickman

Luke Mossey was seventh fastest for OMG Racing Suzuki ahead of Tarran Mackenzie who ended the day early due to the changing conditions later in the day, forging ahead of Glenn Irwin and Jason O’Halloran, who tipped off in the morning session.

BSB Test Oulton Park Jason Ohalloran
Jason O’Halloran

The test marked the first appearance at the Cheshire circuit for Scott Redding and Xavi Forés with the pair utilising the track time to learn the challenging circuit, ending the sessions in 13th and 25th respectively.

BSB Test Oulton Park Ben Currie
Ben Currie

Ben Currie continues to adapt to the Superbike and was 19th quickest on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

BSB Test Oulton Park Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop

Road race star Michael Dunlop used the day to get some all-important track time on the Tyco BMW S 1000 RR, ending the session 27th on the time-sheets, 4.4-seconds behind pace-setter Josh Brookes.

BSB Test Oulton Park Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop

In the Superstock 1000 category Richard Cooper topped proceedings ahead of South Australia’s Billy McConnell.

BSB Test Oulton Park Billy McConnell
Billy McConnell

Levi Day showed progress to rank inside the STK1000 top ten.

BSB Test Oulton Park Levi Day
Levi Day

Brayden Elliott was the 16th quickest Superstock machine while Jack Kennedy topped the Supersport ranks ahead of Brad Jones.

BSB Test Oulton Park Brayden Elliott Levi Day
Brayden Elliott and Levi Day

Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Oulton Park BSB Official Test
  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:34.929s
  2. Danny Buchan (FS3-Racing Kawasaki) +1.067s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.081s
  4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +1.086s
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.142s
  6. Luke Stapleford (Buildbase Suzuki) +1.195s
  7. Luke Mossey (OMG Racing Suzuki) +1.313s
  8. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +1.396s
  9. Glenn Irwin (Quattro Plant – JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.757s
  10. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +2.002s

BSB Test Oulton Park Tommy Bridewell
Tommy Bridewell

BSB Test Oulton Park Billy McConnell
Billy McConnell

BSB Test Oulton Park Ben Currie
Ben Currie

Images by Dave Yeomans

Source: MCNews.com.au