Michael Dunlop NewsEarlier this week, the big motorcycle-racing news was that Michael Dunlop will compete in the 2014 Isle of Man TT aboard a BMW Motorrad UK S 1000 RR.
The seven-time TT winner will also pilot the S 1000 RR in other international road races, such as the North West 200.And on Thursday, the news only got better – Dunlop will also compete in the first two races of the 2014 British Superbike Championship with the Buildbase BMW team.Dunlop will line up at the Brands Hatch and Oulton Park events alongside regular Buildbase BMW riders Ryuichi Kiyonari and James Westmoreland as the team aim for their strongest campaign to date after securing their best results in 2013 including a pole position and a position in the Showdown.The Northern Irishman’s MCE BSB debut at Brands Hatch this Easter will also be one of the only opportunities this year that TT heroes Ian Hutchinson and Dunlop, who between them hold 15 TT wins, will go head to head on track onboard Superbike machinery.Michael Dunlop says “I’m really pleased to have signed for such a strong and competitive team. The BMW S 1000 RR certainly has the speed for the TT and, with my experience, the support from BMW Motorrad Motorsport and Hawk Racing; I know we have a race-winning package. I have found a team that I am really comfortable with and the support from BMW Motorrad Motorsport will make us a force to be reckoned with this year.”Buildbase BMW Team Principal, Stuart Hicken, adds “We are extremely pleased to have assembled such an experienced racing team. We have been working on it for a while and I genuinely believe that with Michael, the technical expertise from BMW Motorrad Motorsport and the BMW S 1000 RR, we have secured all the elements we need to be at the sharp end, challenging for a great result at the TT.”
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.