Something new for 2022 on Road Racing News, the Snapshot Into History series as we focus on intriguing stories that have taken centre fold from International road racing paddocks across the past decade.
We start with the storms of TT 2015, that didn’t just relate to the wild weather.
Prior to TT 2015, it did not take the most astute of road racing enthusiasts to realise that all was not perfect with the Milwaukee Yamaha/Michael Dunlop partnership.
After high expectations, challenging times were arising at the North West 200 and certain aspects weren’t improving on Manx shores.
With just a couple of days till race week, the 19 times TT winner made the decision to part company with the Shaun Muir Racing run Yamaha Europe supported, Milwaukee Yamaha squad.
Dunlop’s decision wasn’t surprising to those in the know, Yamaha themselves had to convince him to give the YZF R1M a chance at the TT.
Perhaps what was surprising was how quickly alternative machinery became available. I should state though that again some paddock insiders had an idea of the possibility.
Thinking back to the day the news broke, I was busy getting ready for reporting on Thursday’s practice session when bang this breaks.
The reaction on social media platforms was probably unlike anything I’ve seen since, the only story gained a similar outpour of opinions, emotions was Guy Martin’s TT return with Honda.
Shaun Muir chatted candidly about the topic on the Chasin the Racin Podcast and I remember visibly Michael Dunlop’s interview around the aforementioned on ITV4, forthright talk mixed with cautious optimism for the foreseeable future.
A major incident, injuries, frustration, 132 mph club and a battling second place finish in the Superstock race, followed for race week for one of the TT’s most talented exponents.
The race programme featuring Dunlop and striking Milwaukee Yamaha is unquestionably a collector’s item.
Indeed any pics of Dunlop racing YZF R1M machinery are, showcasing a character building time in the Armoy road races, lap record holder’s incredible career.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou