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New Challenge On The Horizon, Michael Dunlop TT 2015

A new challenge is on the horizon for Michael Dunlop at TT 2015. 11 times TT winner Michael will be competing on the new R1M Yamaha in superbike, superstock and senior races.

Most recently in testing at Alcarras he enjoyed a positive first test on his own teams MD racing R1M Yamaha, the fastest rider in TT history from a standing start opening pure road race outing of the season with Milwaukee Yamaha will be at the Vauxhall international North West 200.

The new Yamaha superbike is tipped by many to be one of the fastest bikes down the straights around the triangle, it will be interesting to see how it compares to BMW’s S1000RR and Kawasaki’s ZX10R in terms of break horsepower output in superbike trim.

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In 2014 when Michael signed for BMW many people where undecided as to whether he could secure more international road race victories at North West 200 and TT 2014.

Arguably the turning point with the BMW Hawk racing superbike last year was in superbike qualifying at the North West 200. Michael went quickest by over a second over the likes of Alastair Seeley, Michael Rutter, Guy Martin, William Dunlop and Bruce Anstey.

From here it was obvious that he had gelled quickly with the S1000RR BMW, the rest is history.

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Over the years we’ve seen Michael adapt quickly to machinery he has not competed on before. In his illustrious career to date he has been a factory backed rider with Kawasaki, Honda, BMW and Norton.

This season will mark his first year been a factory Yamaha rider. The question of how competitive the new R1M Yamaha will be at TT 2015 is one been asked by road racing fans across the world.

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My opinion is Michael Dunlop has proven in the last two seasons that the impossible is possible, cause of this I reckon another big bike win or two is on the cards at TT 2015.

But the competition is as strong if not better than at TT 2014.

Gary Johnson, Guy Martin, William Dunlop, John McGuinness, Conor Cummins, Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston, Michael Rutter, Ian Hutchinson, Keith Amor, Ryan Farquhar, David Johnson, Dan Kneen, James Hillier, TT lap record holder Bruce Anstey are all in the running for superbike and senior TT victories this year.

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Going into TT 2015 though Michael Dunlop remains arguably the one they all have to beat in superbike and senior races, can he add to his growing tally of TT victories? the answer will be provided at the 108th Isle of Man TT.

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