After an announcement in late 2013 that Michael Dunlop would be forced to sit out the 2014 road racing season, rumors are flying that he has pitched a tent in the BMW paddock.
Although no official statement has been made yet, MCN and Bennetts are both reporting the seven-time TT winner will be signing a deal to ride an BMW S1000RR for BMW Motorrad in the Superbike TT classes, along with a BMW HP4 that he will be riding for his own team, Michael Dunlop Racing, in Superstock TT race.
While Bennetts say that their sources confirmed that Dunlop rode the bike two weeks ago at a “secret shakedown” test, Dunlop himself denies that he has tested the bike, and that he has signed any contract with BMW.
From his Facebook page, the nephew to Joey said: “Can I just say that this site as well as others have made up few more lies with their so called reliable sources, I have not tested the BMW nor have I signed a contract to ride it.”
With seven career wins, four of which came last year, it would be nice to see Michael Dunlop return this year to continue putting notches in his belt and giving John McGuinness a reason to look over his shoulder.
Once the dust settles and the rumors are sorted, it will be up to Dunlop to determine what is in his best interest and how bad he wants to ride in the 2014 Isle of Man TT.