TT 2015: Dunlop sensationally splits with Yamaha

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Dunlop's Superstock R1 smoking at Greeba
Dunlop's Superstock R1 smoking at Greeba

Michael Dunlop has sensationally split with the Milwaukee Yamaha team after just three laps at TT 2015 and will jump back to the Hawk BMW he raced last year.

Dunlop was not happy after a poor showing at the North West 200 and after struggling to set a decent lap on either the Superbike or the Superstock bike, which only made it as far as Greeba, the team and Dunlop have parted company, releasing him from his contract.

Hawk boss Steve Hicken has apparently got an S1000RR in a similar to spec to the bike on which Dunlop was so successful last year on the island, and Dunlop already has his Hunts MD Racing Supersport bike there too as well as a BMW Superstocker.

“I would like to thank Milwaukee Yamaha for their support in bringing me into their team and I am genuinely sorry to be making this decision but unfortunately I don’t think there is enough time left with the sessions we’ve already lost at the TT to be truly competitive and get the bike to the level we need to in order to win races here,” said Dunlop.

Dunlop has been very quick to ditch the new R1, which has just obliterated the Snetterton lap record in the hands of Josh Brookes, and it is only a couple of months into a long development schedule.