Motorcycle Racing News Isle of Man TT Seven-Time TT Winner Michael Dunlop Not Competing in 2014

Seven-Time TT Winner Michael Dunlop Not Competing in 2014

Michael Dunlop during 2013 Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop during 2013 Isle of Man TT

2014 International Road Racing

Due to “various complications” attached to each contract offer, Michael Dunlop reports he will not compete in any international road races in 2014 unless “something materializes.”

This news arrives following his best-ever season at the 2013 Isle of Man TT; the 25-year-old rider of Ballymoney took four solo race-wins (Superbike TT, Supersport TT, Superstock TT, Supersport TT 2), and also the Classic TT Formula 1 win.

Dunlop completed the solo feats aboard Honda machinery for the Honda TT Legends team, which also includes 20-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, and Dunlop’s own MD Racing outfit. In the Classic TT Formula 1 race, Dunlop piloted a Suzuki XR69 with teammate Conor Cummins.

All together, Dunlop, the nephew of the late Joey Dunlop, has seven overall TT wins.

Following weeks of speculation, Dunlop released the following statement regarding his position in 2014.

Michael Dunlop says: “Just a quick message to let everyone know the situation regarding the 2014 racing season. There has been much speculation about my plans for next year and I have decided to let all my loyal sponsors, team members and fans know exactly where I am at currently.

“I have not signed any contracts for 2014 mainly due to various complications attached to each offer put to me. I am disappointed to be in this situation, especially after the tremendous season I enjoyed in 2013 and the success I achieved.

“However, I am as keen as ever to go race motorbikes but sadly at this moment in time I will not be racing in 2014. If something materializes I might consider to come back if am ready and it’s the right package but till that i hope to be back in 2015 or if not 2016.

“I have worked extremely hard to get to this level in road racing and unless I feel I have the right equipment and structure under me I won’t race at all. Thanks to everyone who has supported me through thick and thin there is to many to name but I will see them to express my thanks and I hope we’ll be back on the top step as soon as am back.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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