Michael Dunlop will remain with the Hawk BMW team for this year’s Isle of Man TT and will travel to the island for no other purpose than to win.
The 26-year-old will be reunited with the combination that saw him storm to three TT victories in dominant form two years ago.
In 2015, Dunlop crashed out of what looked certain to be a podium finish in the opening RST Superbike race. Injuries sustained in the crash hampered the rest of his campaign, but it didn’t stop him going on to record his fastest ever TT lap – 132.515mph – in the blue riband Senior TT.
The Ballymoney racer will also compete aboard Hawk machinery at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix as well as making a number of wildcard appearances in the MCE British Superbike Championship including Silverstone and Oulton Park.
“I’m coming back to the TT to win again. I gave it my best last year but the Superbike crash wasn’t the best preparation for the Senior. My last lap at the TT reminded everyone what I can do and with these boys behind me I’m ready to race properly again,” he said.