‘I’m ready for the Manx TT’

HONDA TT Legends rider, Ballymoney’s Michael Dunlop is fully charged up as he turns his focus to the Isle of Man TT races.

Dunlop rode the factory Honda on the roads for the first time at the North West 200 but was denied the opportunity to make his full race debut after racing was cancelled due to the weather.

However, he won’t have long to wait as practice for the TT gets under way next Monday and Dunlop heads to the Island feeling more prepared than ever in his career.

He has had the luxury of plenty of pre-season track time on the Fireblade and also gained extra miles at the Bol d’Or 24-hour Endurance World Championship meeting in April.

And although his Honda Superbike for the TT is different to the endurance machine he’s spent so much time on prior to the North West 200, the three-times Mountain winner completed an extensive shakedown at Castle Combe and clocked some additional miles during NW200 practice on the north coast last week.

“Everything is good and I’m happy with all my bikes, they’re going well. The North West was never really my best race but I was on pole for the Superbike races,” Dunlop said