William Dunlop will race for the Temple Golf Club Yamaha squad at the 2018 Vauxhall International North West 200.
Sporting a new red, black and white livery the 32 year old North West winner will race a YZF-R1M and R6 in the Superbike and Supersport classes. Dunlop will have additional support from Caffrey International, Bayview Hotel and Henderson Food Machinery.
The 2014 Superbike NW200 race winner has struggled to find that form over the last couple of seasons but he is fired up for 2018.
“My supersport package has always been strong but for the last two years I have been given competitive big bikes but not the budget to run them properly.” he explained.
“Tim stepped in and gave me everything I wanted for the Ulster last year and the bikes were transformed, I wasn’t riding well but was still competing for pole position in qualifying so I knew then what I wanted for 2018. My indifferent results were beginning to take their toll as I knew I was capable of better but that just makes me appreciate the position I am in now even more. To have my team and bikes ready to go in January takes away so much pressure, I am mentally and physically in better condition than ever and looking forward to going testing.”
The Temple Golf Club’s new look also represents a renewed commitment from Mar-Train boss Tim Martin who also owns the Temple Golf Club.
“I have watched William from a distance for years and made no secret of the fact I think he is a natural talent with the potential to beat anyone. I’ve also spent a lot of time developing the R1M without turning the potential into results so the opportunity to put the two together and prove a few people wrong was just too tempting to resist. The R1M has been completely revamped since we were last on track and we have put together a good team with everything William asked for. We plan to go testing in Spain before taking in some British Superbike rounds to make sure we are as sharp as possible when we arrive on the North Coast in May, I’m thoroughly looking forward to being back in the paddock and to finally working with William.”