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Mar 11, 2013

Michael Dunlop To Join Honda TT Legends 24-Hour Race Rider Lineup

Michael Dunlop (9)
Michael Dunlop to join Honda TT Legends for 24-hour EWC events

Following last week’s pre-season testing in France and Spain, it has been decided that Michael Dunlop will join the Honda TT Legends line-up for the two 24-hour races in the 2013 World Endurance Championship, which kicks off in April with the Bol d’Or.

The three-time Isle of Man TT winner was previously due to compete in the team’s road racing programme alone, but following the departure of Cameron Donald from the EWC line-up and the test sessions last week, he has been given the role of fourth rider for the Bol d’Or and Le Mans 24-hour races alongside John McGuinness, Simon Andrews and Michael Rutter.

Dunlop will also act as reserve rider for the Suzuka 8-hour, however he will only attend the Japanese event should McGuinness, Andrews or Rutter be unable to compete. He will not be involved in the Oschersleben 8-hour as the race clashes with the Ulster Grand Prix, in which Dunlop will compete with his own team.

The next outing for the Honda TT Legends team will be the official pre-Bol d'Or test at Magny Cours on 20/21 March.

Neil Tuxworth – team manager

Michael came to Albacete last week with the priority of testing his TT machine, however we also gave him the opportunity to ride the EWC bike. We were very impressed with Michael’s approach to testing, his consistency and the information he was able to feed back to the team. In addition, with the efforts he has made with his training and physical fitness so far, we feel he deserves the opportunity to become the fourth member of the EWC team. We are very pleased to welcome him to the endurance side of things and we’re looking forward to working with him in 2013 to further develop his career.

Michael Dunlop

It’s a great opportunity for me to join the EWC side of the Honda TT Legends as well as doing the road racing. I spent a decent amount of time with the crew in France and Spain last week and put a good few laps on the bike, so I already feel like part of the team. I’ve not done endurance racing before but I’m sure I’ll get to grips with the short track laps soon enough. Spending more time on the bike can only be a good thing in terms of bike fitness, and that all helps on the roads so I'm looking forward to getting stuck in.

The 2013 Endurance World Championship calendar

21 April Bol d’Or 24-hour, Magny Cours, France

28 July Suzuka 8-hour, Japan

18 August Oschersleben 8-hour, Germany

21 September Le Mans 24-hour, France