Last year, Michael Dunlop won three Superbike races on the BMW S1000RR, including the Senior TT.But he switched to Milwaukee Yamaha machinery for the 2015 Isle of Man TT, which officially began Saturday. He piloted the Yamaha YZF-R1 through Wednesday practice. But on Thursday, he switched back to BMW machinery.
The Northern Ireland rider will compete for Stuart Hicken’s Swadlincote based Buildbase BMW team in the RST Superbike Race, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, and the PokerStars Senior TT Race on Friday, June 12.He will also be riding his own MD Racing BMW in Monday’s RL360 Superstock Race and will contest the two Monster Energy Supersport Races on his MD Racing Honda.“I would like to thank Milwaukee Yamaha for their support in bringing me into their team and I am genuinely sorry to be making this decision but unfortunately I don’t think there is enough time left with the sessions we’ve already lost at the TT to be truly competitive and get the bike to the level we need to in order to win races here,” Michael Rutter says.The 11-time TT race winner will be looking to get the most possible track time ahead of Saturday’s races and will be appearing on the BMW’s in this evening’s qualifying session, which will be only the second timed Superbike qualifying session of the week.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.