Ballymoney’s William Dunlop will compete under the Temple Golf Club colours in 2017 and campaign ex-Mar-Train Yamaha R1s in this year’s international road races.
It is no co-incidence that the County Down course is run by former Mar-Train boss Tim Martin and he states he is not making a return to racing, just helping Dunlop out but the bikes will be for sale again after the Ulster Grand Prix.
“William contacted me out of the blue last Thursday about doing a deal. Our two R1M bikes are currently for sale but we have agreed to let William use them for the year meaning they will be available to purchase again after the Ulster Grand Prix. I have a lot of time for Alister after his time with us a few years ago and it is no secret that I had tried a few times to get William to ride for Mar-Train racing over the years,” said Martin.
“Sonya and I undertook a new venture in the Temple Golf Club after withdrawing from racing and we have no intention of backtracking on our decision to quit running a team. We do want to promote the club though and William competing Internationally on our bikes will be an excellent way of doing that. William and crew chief Alister will run the bikes themselves and I am confident they will do an excellent job.
“I would just like to wish the boys all the best for the year and of course encourage everyone to drop in and have a meal with us at the newly-refurbished Temple Golf Club.”