Former Duke Road Race Rankings champion William Dunlop will pilot again this season, the Temple Golf Club backed YZF R1M Yamaha’s Superstock and Superbike trim at the ‘Big Three’ internationals, the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
In a significant boost for the popular Ballymoney racer, his 2018 roads tilt sees ex Mar Train Racing team manager Tim Martin, re join the roads fraternity acting as Team Principal for the Temple Golf Club Racing team, which alongside running the 1000cc steeds, will include Dunlop’s trusty Caffrey International backed R6 Yamaha.
Photo by Stephen Davison
Speaking about this topic and much more, seven times international road race winner Dunlop who’s machines this year will carry a striking red, white and black colour scheme, stated when speaking about the season ahead:
“My Supersport package has always been strong but for the last two years I have been given competitive big bikes, but not the budget to run them properly.
Tim stepped in and gave me everything I wanted for the Ulster last year and the bikes were transformed, I wasn’t riding well but was still competing for pole position, in qualifying so I knew then what I wanted for 2018.
My indifferent results were beginning to take their toll, as I knew I was capable of better but that just makes me appreciate the position I am in now even more.”
William went onto add:
“To have my team and bikes ready to go in January takes away so much pressure, I am mentally and physically in better condition than ever and looking forward to going testing.
Tim coming back to build the team for me is such a boost of confidence, I am continuing my supersport arrangement through Caffrey International as well as bringing my loyal sponsors Bayview Hotel and Henderson Food Machinery along, so I have everything I wanted and need to win races.”
Temple Golf Club Racing, Team Principal, Tim Martin added:
“I have watched William from a distance for years and made no secret of the fact I think he is a natural talent with the potential to beat anyone.
I’ve also spent a lot of time developing the R1M without turning the potential into results so the opportunity to put the two together and prove a few people wrong was just too tempting to resist.
The R1M has been completely revamped since we were last on track and we have put together a good team with everything William asked for.
We plan to go testing in Spain before taking in some British Superbike rounds to make sure we are as sharp as possible when we arrive on the North Coast in May, I’m thoroughly looking forward to being back in the paddock and to finally work with William.”
Words by Stevie Rial