BIG TESTS AHEAD FOR michael DUNLOP

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/3/2015: Michael Dunlop gets right to business on day two of his first outing on the Milwaukee Yamaha R1 that he hopes will carry him to North West 200 and TT glory once again in 2015. The Ballymoney was trying so hard he was getting his elbow down Marc Marquez-style at the test session at Alcarras in Spain.'PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/3/2015: Michael Dunlop gets right to business on day two of his first outing on the Milwaukee Yamaha R1 that he hopes will carry him to North West 200 and TT glory once again in 2015. The Ballymoney was trying so hard he was getting his elbow down Marc Marquez-style at the test session at Alcarras in Spain.'PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

Michael Dunlop was in fine form at pre-season testing with his new team Milwaukee Yamaha at Alcarras in Spain.

Dunlop, who linked up with British Superbike duo Josh Brookes and Broc Parkes at the private test for Yamaha’s R1 riders, has switched to a third different manufacturer in as many years for the Superbike races at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix this season.

The Ballymoney man has dominated at the TT over the past two summers, scoring back-to-back four-timers to extend his haul of Mountain Course wins to 11 in total, putting him level with fellow Ulsterman Phillip McCallen and the great Steve Hislop.

After losing his ride with BMW Motorrad in the autumn, all eyes were on Dunlop as he plotted his next move, opting in the end to join Shaun Muir’s squad in a deal with Yamaha Europe to ride the much-vaunted YZF-R1.

Michael is set to debut the machine on the roads at the North West 200 in May followed by the Isle of Man TT, where Dunlop will ride with the number ‘3’ plate.

The 25-year old is also set to contest the opening British Superbike round at Brands Hatch in April as part of his preparations for the onset of the international road racing campaign.