Michael Dunlop not racing in 2014

Seven times TT winner may not return until 2016

Posted: 19 November 2013
by Samantha Wanless

Dunlop at the Creg-ny-Baa earlier this year.

MICHAEL Dunlop has decided to take a year out from racing in 2014 and may not return until the 2016 season.

It was recently announced that Dunlop had split from the Honda TT Legends team, however rumours suggested there had been many offers from different teams for next year including Shaun Muir’s Milwaukee Yamaha team.

Due to offers unable to progress, the Ballymoney man has no other option but to remain on the side-lines next season.

A statement from the 24-year-old has been released: “There has been much speculation about my plans for next year and I have decided to let all my loyal sponsors, team members and fans know exactly where I am at currently.

“I have not signed any contracts for 2014 mainly due to various complications attached to each offer put to me. I am disappointed to be in this situation, especially after the tremendous season I enjoyed in 2013 and the success I achieved.

“However, I am as keen as ever to go race motorbikes but sadly at this moment in time I will not be racing in 2014. If something materialises I might consider to come back if am ready and it's the right package but till that I hope to be back in 2015 or if not 2016.

“I have worked extremely hard to get to this level in road racing and unless I feel I have the right equipment and structure under me I won’t race at all. Thanks to everyone who has supported me through thick and thin there is to many to name but I will see them to express my thanks and I hope we’ll be back on the top step as soon as am back.”

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I wonder what those complications were? Either way, I won't miss him.

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 17:37

Come on michael you cant do this to us you ate a fantastic talent.come on gary ryan help please.

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 20:56

Bet John McGuiness is relieved :)

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 21:38

I want to know the "rest of the story". Bet your ass there is something major going on to keep someone as driven as MD off the bike for possibly 2 yrs.

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 21:45

He's as mad a banana in a bowl of curried beans but no denying his raw talent!

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 02:20

Always a shame when you don't have all the best riders at the races.
I can't believe that a man who won 4 TT's in a week earlier this year hasn't been offered a decent ride so there's got to be a lot more to this story.

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 09:52

I think it is only a bad moment, or a talk strategy to make negotiations, he has shown his level this year and the years before, he is really well talented rider, maybe it could be good for his career even all to do a change to Superbikes or MOTO2...? Hey teams! There is a diamond outhere!!!

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 10:49

What's mad about banana and curried beans? One of my favourite snacks. Ph'tang ph'tang loobsycush!

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 15:02

Wonder if it is the fact teams want some promotional effort from him, really don't understand the logic of taking a year out, he's had plenty of offers it seems, trouble is a year out of the limelight could set his career back some.

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 15:12

I bet that michael will ride in 2014 on his own bikes and kick some arse big time.he dont need factory bikes or tuxworth breathing down his neck.

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 19:18

Wind up he will be there. agree with Darren 39 who needs a jumped up little t... like t......h sorting things out when he was s..t anyway

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 20:20

Hmmm. I suspect that he has thrown his toys out of the pram because he couldn't get everything he wanted. There's no denying that the bloke is a massive riding talent, but there's also no doubt that he comes across as being difficult and problematic. Teams are just that - teams. No one person even the rider can win if everyone isn't pulling the same way. And lets be honest here, whilst a talent, there's always someone else coming through who will happily take the seat and who will give the managers less agro. No one is invaluable.

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 04:24

Michael likes his own set up.his own bikes his own sponsors. He can win his own way.just remember what tuxworth did to the legendary steve hislop.dunlop is his own man and should be admired.

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 12:31

i wonder more and more about the result of the 2013 senior.... this story fits the conspiracy nicely. McG has big marketing power and if the bosses want him as top rider in the big race then what they say goes. there is no doubting dunlops speed, his superstock lap showed that, and his unofficial 133mph lap in practice. but a puzzling lack of senior pace....hmmmmm

i think hes too wild and rough around the edges for hondas clean professional image, but i seriously hope he goes to TT2014 on his own bikes and takes a few wins. with hutchy coming back and john and connor on one of the best bikes (and brookes on the pace of martin no doubt) it should be a cracker...

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 17:51

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