Michael Dunlop Set for World’s Fastest Road Race – Ulster GP
Ulster GP 2014
Michael Dunlop has more than proven himself and the BMW S1000RR during the 2014 international road race season.
Together in 2014, the 11-time TT winner Dunlop has amassed five victories – two wins aboard the S1000RR at the North West 200 (Superstock, Superbike) and three at the Isle of Man TT (Dainese Superbike, Royal London Superstock, Senior TT).
Also during the North West 200 – his first international road race aboard Hawk Racing BMW S1000RR machinery – Dunop also took two pole positions, two podium finishes, two lap records, and the prestigious “Robert Dunlop Man of the Meeting” trophy, named in honor of his racing-legend father.
But the third and final major international road race of 2014 remains – the Ulster Grand Prix held near Belfast, Northern Ireland.
With an average speed of 133.977 at the 7.41-mile Dundrod Circuit, the Ulster GP is the world’s fastest road-racing circuit. The Ulster GP began in 1922, and was featured on the Grand Prix calendar from 1949 to 1971.
The 25-year-old Dunlop is familiar with the circuit, which is located in his homeland. He has six wins and 12 podiums at the Ulster GP, with a best average speed of 133.435mph. But he will look to better that this year aboard BMW S1000RR Superbike and Superstock machinery.
Steve Hicken, Hawk Racing Team Manager, says “we’re looking forward to seeing if we can win the third international road race of the year. It’s home territory for Michael; he’s proven that he can win at the North West 200 and the TT, so the Ulster GP is the next challenge.
“It’ll be hard work, it’s the fastest road-racing track in the world, and we’ll be contesting the Superstock 1000 and Superbike races. It should suit the BMW S 1000 RR, it’s a very fast and powerful bike and, with Michael Dunlop onboard, we have a good chance at going home with more wins.”
This year’s Ulster GP runs from August 11-16, and will be broadcast live via Ulster Grand Prix Radio. For additional information, visit ulstergrandprix.net.