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Decision Time Looming For Michael Dunlop

After a challenging year of pure road racing action, decision time is looming for Michael Dunlop, in terms of who he will be competing for in 2016.

It appears despite been heavily linked to Honda Racing, that Michael won’t be rejoining the factory Honda outfit.

He’s also been linked to Tyco BMW, again it looks an almost certainty that the 11 times TT winner won’t be lining up for the team, who have recently fellow multiple TT winner Ian Hutchinson.

So what options are left for one of the most determined pure road racers, that the world has ever seen, one is Buildbase BMW.

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Photo by Louis Porter

Having propelled the team’s superbike to lap speed of 132.515 mph, it could prove the ideal machine to propel him back to the top step of the podium, at TT Races.

Another option potentially could be the vacant ride at Mar Train Racing, which has been provided since, Dean Harrison parted company with the team.

In my opinion the sticking point here is, Michael left the Milwaukee Yamaha outfit in the middle of practice week at TT 2015.

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Given the fact that Mar Train Racing run currently factory backed Yamaha’s, a scenario that would face Yamaha in particular, is would they want Michael Dunlop back competing for them.

They have the option, of not running him after what happened at TT 2015, or they decide to employ again a proven winner on the mountain course, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.

Michael looks set to run his own team again in supersport/superstock class, but it’s unclear as to what machinery he will be running.

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Photo by Rod Neill

One of the main things Michael Dunlop brings to the sport of pure road racing is excitement.

Excitement in the way he races, excitement in proving the impossible is possible at times and excitement in never really knowing at times, what his plans are for upcoming pure road racing seasons.

This year it’s no different, but in my opinion he’s running out of options for 2016. I reckon he will soon make his mind up in terms of who he will be competing for in superbike races, at next years North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Isle of Man TT.

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