Following the tragic death of his brother William at the Skerries 100 Road Races during a practice race in 2018, speculations as to weather Michael Dunlop would ever return to road racing, wasn’t to far from fans lips, but the rider has now settled the speculation.
After months of not commenting on his brothers death or his own future career in road racing, Michael has finally revealed that he intends to return to the sport. The Ballymoney ride has also confirmed his return to international road racing will be with the Tyco BMW Team for a second season.
“I’m looking forward to working with the TAS Racing boys again this year.
“We grabbed a Superbike TT win last year, which was a good start, and the goal this year will be to go after the Superbike and Senior TT wins on the Island.”Michael Dunlop speaking about returning to the TAS Tyco BMW team for another season.
Michael recently accepted a posthumously Hall of Fame award on behalf of his late brother William at the recent sports awards held by the Belfast Telegraph.
Speaking about his brother William at the event, Michael said on stage;
“It’s been a tough time obviously. The Dunlop name has been massive in Northern Ireland in general, and sadly we’ve taken our fair share of hits.
I thought we’d suffered our torture for our lifetime, but sadly [not]. That’s the way of the sport, William was one of the better ones really. He was quiet, he just went about his business.
Sadly two little daughters [he leaves behind]. Mine and William’s relationship on track was really an on-and-off thing with the press, with questions against each other all the time.
But off track we had a great bond, and I carry that bond now to look after his two young girls.
It’s such a shame that it’s come to this, that in our sport – or with my family anyway – that whenever one of us passes away the awards come, and sadly William’s not here to pick it up.
But we were never really in it for the fame or the glory, and to get this award tonight, I’ll hold my head up not for the award, but more for being William’s brother.”