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Michael Dunlop Aims To Re Establish TT Authority With Buildbase BMW

11 times TT winner Michael Dunlop has signed for Buildbase BMW, as he bids to re establish his authority at the Isle of Man TT.

It’s fair to say 2015 was not Michael’s greatest year of pure road racing competition.

Main highlights of the season, have included race of legends victory for fifth year in succession at Armoy, senior race victory at Southern 100, open and grand final victories at Killalane, plus formula 1 classic TT victory.

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TT 2015 was without a doubt his most challenging to date in the 2010’s. Second place finish in Royal London 360 superstock TT, fighting against the pain barrier, showed his incredible determination in full view.

132.515 mph lap set during Pokerstars senior TT, makes him at present the second fastest rider in TT history.

Competing for the third year in a row at TT Races for Hawk Racing, the pure road racing genius is confident of getting back to the top step of the podium at TT 2016 in the superbike and senior races.

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It’s not going to as certain a formality as many people think though. Standard of competition at TT Races, is arguably the highest it’s ever been.

We’ve seen in 2015 Ian Hutchinson back at the front, Peter Hickman and Lee Johnston moving up a level, Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness seal superbike and senior TT victories.

Determined to become again the rider to beat on the mountain course, could TT 2016 see Michael Dunlop become the first rider to lap in excess of 134 mph?

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Photo by Louis Porter

This is another iconic moment well within his grasp, for a rider who has time and time again proved that the impossible is possible.

Words by Stevie Rial

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