It’s an overused saying the legend returns, but in this case it most definitely is appropriate, 18 times TT winner Michael Dunlop will return to pure road racing action this year, competing for a second successive season under the Tyco BMW banner.
Confirmed to pilot BMW’s latest incarnation of the S1000RR mount that has served him so well during this decade, the Ballymoney racing legend will take in the Superbike, Senior races at TT 2019, plus selected other to be announced meetings for the TAS Racing run Tyco BMW squad.
His first International roads tenure with Tyco BMW in 2018 provided challenging moments, but also tumultuous feats such as a third Superbike TT triumph.
Speaking about re-signing with the BMW Motorrad supported Tyco team, the first rider to lap the fabled, mythical, illustrious Mountain Course at under 17 minutes stated:
“I’m looking forward to working with the TAS Racing boys again this year. We grabbed a Superbike TT win last year, which was a good start and the goal this year will be to go after both the Superbike and Senior TT wins on the Island!
BMW has launched a new bike, which I should be riding in a few weeks time. With the added improvements to the package and a second season with the same team, we should be in a good place to go after both the big wins on the Island.”
Team Principal of Tyco BMW, Philip Neill also recently issued his delight at re-signing Dunlop:
“It’s great for TAS Racing to secure another season with Michael and together with our partners BMW and Tyco, we are looking forward to a successful season on the all new BMW S1000RR.
It was always our plan to continue with Michael, however it was important we took some time together to consider the best way to approach 2019, and we look forward to announcing further details soon.”
It’s tremendous news to see the closed roads genius that is Dunlop returning to International roads competition in 2019.
You can tell already with the reaction of many via Twitter, Facebook how excited it’s got race fans ahead of this years roads season, plus how popular the three times Senior TT winner is in the UK and worldwide.
Words by Stevie Rial