News

Michael Dunlop To Race VisionTrack Ducati

Sunday, March 01, 2020

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Further to information released on social media last evening, Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) is delighted to confirm 19-times TT winner Michael Dunlop will race one of the team’s formidable VisionTrack Ducatis at the 2020 Isle of Man TT Races.

 

 

The 30 year old from Ballymoney in County Antrim has secured a deal with the reigning Bennetts British Superbike champions to race a factory-supported VisionTrack Ducati V4 R in both the Superbike and Senior races at this year’s festival.

 

Dunlop didn’t enjoy the best of TTs in 2019, but despite finishing in the top six in the Superbike, Senior, Superstock and both Supersport events, he did win the Lightweight TT to add to his tally as the third most successful rider around the 37.73-mile course.

 

He will race his own machines in the Supersport and Superstock events but seven times BSB champions PBM will field the Ulsterman in the two main races as they look to add to their illustrious TT history.

 

The last time the Penrith-based team contested the Isle of Man TT Races was in 2015 when IanHutchinson scored a second in the Superbike TT and a third in the Senior TT as well as winning the Superstock TT race, all aboard PBM Kawasakis, to celebrate the team’s first major foray onto the Isle of Man for 12 years.

 

That success came after PBM previously contested the event with Ducati in 2003 when John McGuinness took second in the TT Formula 1 race and third in the Senior TT riding the MonsterMob-sponsored bikes.

 

Prior to that, Joey Dunlop – Michael’s uncle - famously won his last big bike TT for Paul Bird when he took victory in the 2000 TT Formula 1 race onboard a Demon Vimto Honda SP1, just a month before he was tragically killed in a race in Estonia.

 

PBM and Michael have worked together before when they prepared a Kawasaki ZX-10R for him to win the 2011 Superstock TT. Ducati's current quickest lap at the TT is 128.717mph by Michael Rutter in 2011.

 

Michael, who rode the machine for the first time at today’s official BSB test in Jerez, will also race thePBM-prepared VisionTrack Ducati at the 2020 International North West 200 in Northern Ireland during the week commencing Monday 11th May.

 

Meanwhile, regular Bennetts BSB riders Josh Brookes and Christian Iddon are continuing their Spanish pre-season schedule at Jerez today and tomorrow. The VisionTrack Ducati pairing were at the cutting edge of last week’s tests at Monteblanco, setting first and second fastest times on day one before ending day two with Australian Brookes second fastest and new signing Iddon in eighth.

 

Picture courtesy of Double Red: Michael Dunlop

Trackback Link
http://www.pbmuk.net/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=12382&PostID=814479&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Tags

Paul Bird Christian Iddon Donington Qatar Snetterton Somerset Stages Rally Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 R Brands Hatch Sepang Misano Jimmy Storrar Nurburgring circuit BSB Champion Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup PBMUK Woodpecker Rally Mugello Down’s Syndrome Association TJS Self Drive Alan Healy Memorial Rally Yonny Hernandez Glenn Irwin Red Bull Ring in Austria Scott Redding Assen Silverstone Damian Cudlin Aragon Red Bull Ring RST Superbike TT Alastair Seeley Carlisle and North Lakeland Hospice at Home BSB Danny Buchan Ford MSA Formula VisionTrack Ducati Cadwell Park Yas Marina Circuit Rallying Knockhill Stages Rally Tech 1 Racing Team Macau GP Knockhill Oulton Park, ​Tech 1 Racing Team Hockenheim Ian Hutchinson Michael Laverty BTRDA Rally Series Lee Holland Memorial Rally 2019 Wyedean Forest Rally Croft Circuit Grampian Forest Rally LDV Donington Park Rally Ford Focus WRC08 MotoGP Manx National Rally Snetterton Stages Rally Vision Track MSVR Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series Hungaroring Thruxton Carlisle Stages Rally Martin Jessopp Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally Team Parker Racing Malcolm Wilson Rally Brno Ford Focus WRC07 BSB Showdown Be Wiser Ducati Team Sol Rally Barbados 2014 Motegi Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally Arden Motorsport John McGuinness F4 British Championship Donington Rally Ciceley Motorsport GT Team MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages Phillip Island Rallynuts Stages Rally Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship Wyedean VisionTrack Andrew Irwin Be Wiser Ducati V4R Shane Byrne Trackrod Rally Silkolene Valencia Catalunya Cambrian Rally Nicky Grist Stages Rally Stuart Easton Sachsenring Oulton Park Isle of Man TT Michael Dunlop Ulster Grand Prix Bennetts British Superbike Autodromo Nazionale Monza North West 200 North West Stages Rally Spa-Francorchamps Josh Brookes Motorsport News with MSVR Circuit Rally Championship Indianapolis Grand Prix Creventic 2 Hour of Dubai James Ellison Christmas Stages Rally Sol Rally Barbados Hospice at Home Jerez Frank Bird Ducati Panigale R Le Mans Broc Parkes

Archive

OUR SPONSORS

CONTACT US

PBM UK

Underlyne,

Langwathby,

Penrith,

Cumbria,

CA10 1NB

Copyright © 2020 pbmuk Limited.