The distinct sounds of V4 Ducati machinery will echo around the Triangle course this May, as none other than 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop pilots Paul Bird Motorsport Ducati tackle.
Back in 2020, before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, Dunlop and the PBM squad had struck a deal for the major International road races and two years later the commitment remains as stated by Team Co-Ordinator for the 2020 British Superbike Champions, John Mowatt:
“We are delighted to be able to fulfil our promise and commitment to Michael, albeit two years later than we had hoped.”
Mervyn Whyte MBE added about today’s major FonaCAB/Nicholl Oils North West 200 news:
“What a truly incredible spectacle of mass start superbike action awaits North West 200 fans as road racing returns in 2022.
“With the winner of last four superbike races at the NW200, Glenn Irwin, on a Honda, Alastair Seeley entered on a Yamaha, Peter Hickman aboard a BMW.
Dean Harrison Kawasaki mounted amid a host of others, Michael Dunlop’s Ducati challenge seals the deal in ensuring this year’s NW200 Superbike races will be epic battles.”
Also confirmed this morning, the factory backed Dunlop/PBM Ducati combination will also alongside North West 200 duties be Manx shores bound, sampling the returning TT Races.
Intriguing times ahead in the Superbike class at the NW200 and TT, Ducati to overhaul BMW, Kawasaki?
Never discount fiercely determined pilot Dunlop and equally ambitious, driven, hungry suitors PBM who know what it takes and some to surpass high level fellow competitors.
Quotes courtesy of Stephen Davison
Photo credit Double Red
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou