Its now official, Michael Dunlop will rider for the officially supported Milwaukee Yamaha team at TT 2015, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.
The North East based team will be providing a full spec Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike for Dunlop for the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races.
Shaun Muir's experienced road racing team have enjoyed notable success at the TT including podiums with Guy Martin. They supported Josh Brookes and Ian Hutchinson in the 2014 TT meeting and Conor Cummins and William Dunlop also rode for the team in 2013. The team has enjoyed significant success in BSB, notably in winning the 2011 Championship with Tommy Hill.
Northern Ireland rider Dunlop, who made his TT debut in 2007 after winning the 2006 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers Race, has already won Superbike and Senior TT Races on Honda and BMW machines, as well as recording Superstock and Supersport wins on Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha motorcycles.
He will be looking to add to his 11 TT Race victories, which places him fifth in the outright TT winners list. He has a fastest lap to date of 131.890mph, the fastest-ever standing start lap around the Mountain Course, which he set at the 2014 meeting.
Milwaukee Yamaha team owner Shaun Muir commented:
"Michael Dunlop has proved himself to be the leading road racer over the last few years and his recent TT record is second to none. We are really confident that the new Yamaha will prove to be more than competitive on the Isle of Man and in Michael we have the rider to deliver its potential."
Michael Dunlop commented:
"I've gone on record as saying that I'll only race if the package is right and in the Milwaukee Yamaha team I'm confident in both the bike and the support team that will be in place. We've already had a look at the bike that I'll be riding and the early indications are really good but I'm looking forward just to getting out on the track and testing it properly."
Dale McElveen, Commercial Director, Milwaukee UK, commented:
"We are delighted to have Michael onboard. At Milwaukee we have for a while, without doubt, seen Michael as an ideal brand ambassador and to have finally secured his signature has reinvigorated our passion for the roads. This is the third year we will have taken part in the TT Races and this time we will land on the island with a high level of expectation in the hunt for success."