Confirmed: Michael Dunlop Signs with BMW for IOMTT

02/12/2014 @ 1:26 am, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS


Officially official now, and despite his previous denial of the news, Michael Dunlop will be riding in the 2014 Isle of Man TT, and on a factory-backed BMW, no less.

A seven-time TT race winner, Dunlop’s star rose considerably higher in last year’s Isle of Man TT, and his absence from the 2014 gathering seemed unconscionable.

Thankfully TT fans will get to watch the nephew of Joey race again around the Mountain Course, as well as at other road racing events this year after all.

For the TT, Dunlop will compete on a BMW HP4 for the Superstock TT (in MD Racing colors), and on a BMW S1000RR for the two Superbike classes (in BMW Motorrad livery). Venerable BSB racing outfit Hawk Racing has partnered with Dunlop and BMW for Michael’s road racing season.

“I’m really pleased to have signed for such a strong and competitive team,” said Michael Dunlop. “The BMW S1000RR 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 really thought about sitting out this year, but 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.”

Source: IOMTT

  • L2C

    Should be good. Let’s see if McPint can snatch back a couple of titles.

  • Tom

    Fantastic rider, fantastically unlikeable. I’m glad he’s got a ride because he absolutely deserves one and it will spur other riders to work harder, but I’ve yet to find a single person who roots for this guy.

  • Clive

    Everything I have listened to from Michael clearly shows doesn’t race bikes to be liked by anyone and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t give a toss you think he’s “unlikeable”.

  • Tom


    I’m sure he doesn’t give a toss what I, or anyone else thinks about him. Hence why I find him, based on interviews etc, to be “unlikeable”. Those at the top level of any sport will always attract supporters and detractors, such is the nature of the beast. That’s what makes watching sport so entertaining a lot of the time; most of us have a team, or a side, or an individual we root for – and more often than not, one we like to root against.

    My comment was respectful enough; re-read the first part of both sentences.

  • Gutterslob

    Was a bit of a high-strung lad early on, but he’s mellowed out over the last couple of years, from what I’ve noticed. Probably did his riding a whole lot of good in the process, seeing how he dominated last year’s TT.

  • Pete

    What exhaust is that?

  • UnluckySaxon

    I met Michael at a bike show a year ago before his TT domination. He is very much a likeable guy! He’s straight to the point, and is trying to enjoy his life without towing anyones PR bandwagon. He is a good bloke, and those like him and Guy Martin are the kind of racers who we all want to be. Legends!

  • WoW! BMW are so lucky to sign a rider of Michael’s talent, a winning combination for sure! I hear he will be riding it at the NW200. Let us hope he will have the BMW for the Ulster GP as well.

  • Ricardo

    Absolutely, UnluckySaxon. I have never met him, but that was the impression I got of him by watching him on the telly; honest, straight-up, and focused. Should have put my money on him for last year´s TT. The future of road racing. No doubt about that.

  • Agent55

    Gives me chills just looking at that gnarly Beemer, knowing hard Dunlop is gonna ride it around the IoM.

  • mrdata

    I think its unconscionable that you cant spell absence.