William Dunlop confirms Classic TT plans

Northern Ireland's William Dunlop
Northern Ireland's William Dunlop

William Dunlop will compete in the new Classic TT races on the Isle of Man in August.

Dunlop, who has joined Shaun Muir’s Milwaukee Yamaha team alongside Conor Cummins this season, will ride four-cylinder 500cc and 350cc Honda machines.

The Ballymoney man will be joined by accomplished Manx Grand Pix rider Alan Oversby in the Davies Motorsport team at the event, which has attracted the cream of the TT’s leading names.

John McGuinness, Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, Cameron Donald, Cummins and Gary Johnson are all set to contest the new-look Classic TT races as part of the rebranded Manx Grand Prix festival in August.

Dunlop told the News Letter he was looking forward to the challenge.

“The bikes are good and it’ll be a chance to go over there and ride on the TT course in a more relaxed atmosphere,” he said.

“I’ve never raced at the Manx before so this will be my debut.

“I remember going there with Michael [Dunlop] when he won the Newcomers race, but it always seemed cheaper for me just to go straight to the TT.

“It’ll be a good chance to get more tack time on the TT course because I’m missing out every year whenever Michael is there and I think that’s a big part of it for him, because he’s able to get more time on the circuit,” he added.

“It’s brilliant to be involved and I think you’ll see a big crowd there this year, because people like McGuinness will definitely pull in the crowds.

“The good thing is it’ll be more relaxed and there won’t be the same pressure, so it’ll be nice to go and race the bikes and have some fun.”

Davies Motorsport was founded by ex-racer John Davies in 2006 after he decided to come out of retirement to try his hand at classic bike racing.

He competed at the Manx GP between 1978 and 1997 in a total of 33 races, finishing as high as second place and collecting 27 Silver Replicas.

“We are delighted to be a part of the new Classic TT Races and are really looking forward to competing in 2013,” said Davies.

“I’m really happy with the riders that we’ve got on our bikes this year. It will be a real honour to have a Dunlop racing in our colours while Alan is a really consistent performer around the Mountain Course.”