Michael Dunlop to ride for Hawk Racing

Michael Dunlop will ride for Leicestershire-based Hawk Racing at this year's TT Races

Michael Dunlop will ride for Leicestershire-based Hawk Racing at this year's TT Races

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Michael Dunlop will ride BMWs for Leicestershire-based Hawk Racing in the big bike events at this year’s TT.

The announcement was made at the MCN Motorcycle show at Excel in London on Friday afternoon.

The 11-time TT winner will again ride the BMW S1000 RR Superbike on which he dominated the 2014 meeting, including a Superbike and Senior double.

Dunlop’s 2015 TT campaign for the team was hampered by an injury sustained half-a-mile from the finish of the opening Superbike race.

But he still went on to record his fastest TT lap (132.515mph) - the second fastest lap in TT history - on the final lap of the Senior TT to finish fifth.

The 26-year-old Ballymoney man will also race for the team at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix as well as campaigning the team’s Superbike in several BSB rounds, including Silverstone and Oulton Park, as a wild card entry.

Hawk Racing team manager Steve Hicken commented: ‘We are delighted to have Michael back on board for 2016. We know what we have to do to get him back on the top step in the Isle of Man and with a proper lead time to prepare this year, we are looking forward to helping Michael achieve his ambitions.’

Dunlop said: ‘I’m coming back to win again. I gave it my best last year but the Superbike crash wasn’t the best preparation for the Senior.

‘My last lap at the TT reminded everyone what I can do and with these boys behind me I’m ready to race properly again.’

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