Gives an Exclusive Interview to Road Racing News.
William Dunlop has proved once again in 2013 that he is one of the best road racers in the world.
To quote William “It was a slow start to the season”.
Despite this he has gone onto achieve many a notable victory particularly in the Supersport 600 class. “It has been a struggle at the start with the new bikes but once we got back from the TT all went well with the 600, barely lost a race on it. The win at the Ulster Grand Prix was the most exciting win I’ve had in my career and most rewarding as the pressure was on, with not winning a main International”
Regarding how working with the official Yamaha team on roads circuits has been, William said “It has been an experience, it’s been hard letting people do all the set up, something I’m not used to but as I got to know the team I became more confident. I’ve a lot of respect for Pete Jennings my crew Chief, so without his input it would have been hard and less enjoyable”.
Arguably William’s biggest ambition for next year is to win an Isle of Man TT races. On the topic of what is William’s favorite race to compete in at the TT, William said “He’s a fan of all the races but that he enjoys the Supersport 600, it’s my best class. They are all pretty much the same but I enjoy the 600 because I am more comfortable with it”.
When asked how much would a TT win mean to him, William replied “It’s the last one I need to complete my CV, it’s all I think about now I will win one next year, I know it will be my time”.
This year has seen William race in the British Supersport championship but for next year he is not 100 percent sure that this will happen. “I doubt I’m looking into racing on the continent as I want to use Dunlop tyres and at the moment I have no bikes, so I need to see what I can afford to do”, William’s reaction to the BSB.
Looking to next year William is aiming to be with a top team and on top machinery, this could include being back with the CD Racing Team, but William is keeping his options open. “I really want to race with Chris, I enjoy working with him and his bikes are always the best. Financially it’s hard as I’ve to cover a few costs, it’s a private run team but we all get on and he knows what I like, hopefully I can run their 600 again, it’s the complete package, it would be a shame not to be on it in 2014”.
A big thank-you to William Dunlop, it was pleasure to put questions to him about 2013 and his thoughts on the 2014 road racing season. That elusive win at the Isle of Man TT Races will undoubtedly happen to this tremendously talented road racer and “be his time”.
Road Racing News’ exclusive interview 17th October, 2013.