Michael Dunlop and Alastair Seeley launch 2015 Adelaide Motorcycle Festival

Could this be Michael Dunlop's new bike for 2015? The Ballymoney rider helped launch the 2015 Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival in Belfast on Thursday
Could this be Michael Dunlop's new bike for 2015? The Ballymoney rider helped launch the 2015 Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival in Belfast on Thursday

Isle of Man TT star Michael Dunlop was in town on Thursday for the launch of the 2015 Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival, but the 11-time Mountain Course winner was giving nothing away over his plans for next season.

Dunlop has been linked to a string of manufacturers, but the only bike he had his leg over at the event in Titanic Belfast was a Yamaha scooter.

Looking fit and lean, it’s clear the 25-year-old has been hard at work in the gym and as speculation continues over whether the Ballymoney man will take up a factory-backed ride next year or run his own Superbike under the MD Racing banner, the only certainty is that Dunlop will be on the grid as determined as ever for more international success.

He was joined by new Tyco BMW signing Alastair Seeley, who only needs three more wins at the North West 200 next May to match the all-time record victory haul of 15 victories achieved by Robert Dunlop.

It was confirmed that the 2015 Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival, organised by Billy Nutt of Nutt Promotions for the 20th year, will take place at the King’s Hall Pavilion from February 6-8.

All of the major manufacturers have already booked space at the event for next year’s festival and with a number of high-profile new models on display, including BMW’s new S1000-RR and Yamaha’s much-vaunted 2015 YZF-R1.

A record number of visitors attended the festival this year and with a special emphasis on career opportunities in the motorcycle industry as a key theme in February, it is anticipated that a large number of students from across Ireland will avail of the chance to examine the possibilities that may be open to them.

Students from schools, colleges and universities will be able to gain free entry to the festival at the special time of 12 noon on Friday, February 6.

In addition to the main exhibition of the latest machinery, the PSNI will again be in attendance to promote the BikeSafe initiative in partnership with the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

The motocross village also returns and visitors will be able to obtain all the information they need about events planned in 2015.

The Northern Ireland Karting Association will also be on hand to provide details on how to become involved in the sport, while the display of vintage and classic machines and the ever popular auto jumble will be housed in a separate hall, offering a unique collection of bikes from bygone days.

Details of the 2015 Adelaide Masters Series will also be launched at the festival, which opens on Friday, February 6 from 2pm-10pm and on Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8, from 10am-5pm.