Michael Dunlop

Historic triple with BMW Motorrad.

Interview with Michael Dunlop

BMW Motorrad: It’s your first time at BMW Motorrad Days. What do you think of the event?

Dunlop: It’s fantastic. The weather is great, the atmosphere’s buzzing and I’m really enjoying it. It’s been good down here, with all the big tents and the people. Everyone’s eating and drinking and having fun – that’s what it’s all about.

BMW Motorrad: It’s been a great year for you so far. How important was it to give this special present to BMW Motorrad and become part of its sporting history – 75 years after the last Senior TT victory for BMW?

Dunlop: Every TT win is a great moment but we did it for BMW, we made history and it will always be remembered. It was just a fantastic feeling to know that they expected me to win races and, after 75 years, I was able to fulfil this. For me, that’ll always be in the history books. It’s been great for me and great for BMW so it was a ‘win-win’ situation.

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BMW Motorrad: You must have felt the pressure going into those races?

Dunlop: There were a lot of exciting things going on. The manufacturer hadn’t been there in 75 years, the bike itself had never won there, we hadn’t done any testing on the bike – it was too late. So it was good to rock up there with the bike and just do the job straightaway. There was definitely some pressure for everybody involved. I only play a small part in the job. We had engineers there, chassis builders, electronics people. There was a lot of stuff riding on everyone else’s shoulders. After all, I just sit on the motorcycle and turn the throttle grip. They on the other hand have to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. But the whole package just seemed to work fine. To go with a completely different set-up, with a different bike, with a team that had never been there before, and with no testing – everyone thought we were stupid. But we ended up showing them that we were all right. We pulled it off, that was the main thing!
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Dunlop on his victory on the Isle of Man.

BMW Motorrad: Do you think there were many doubters out there, before the first victory came at the North West 200 in May?

Dunlop: I knew straight away that we had something. We went to the North West 200, having never ridden the bike. I stuck it on pole and won the main Superbike race – even though I had made a mistake in the first race. Just straightaway, we were on it you know. Then we went to the TT and it was hard work but we made it happen. We did everything we needed to and I just clicked with the bike straightaway and thought yes, this is good. In the actual races at the TT, you seemed to be in complete control, reading your pit boards and controlling your speed according to what was happening around you?

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1939 and 2014: BMW Motorrad won the Isle of Man with these two bikes.

BMW Motorrad: In the actual races at the TT, you seemed to be in complete control, reading your pit boards and controlling your speed according to what was happening around you?

Dunlop: The whole weekend, every race I started, I just upped the pace and then backed off, upped it and backed off again. I only rode a fast lap when I really had to. After that I held back. This worked really well this year.

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This is a very proud moment for BMW Motorrad.
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Udo Mark

BMW Motorrad Motorsport Marketing

BMW Motorrad: You have ridden many sports motorcycles. For the thousands of RR and HP4 owners, just how good is the stock bike that they have bought from their local BMW Motorrad dealership?

Dunlop: Those bikes that we’ve won on riding in the stock class are what they buy in the dealers. There’s not much done to them and we’re putting them around the TT just as quick as the Superbikes. It’s just a fantastic piece of kit – it’s fast and it’s got all the new tricks. The level in the Superstock class has gone up because the bikes are so good. They are just stock road bikes and you can buy them in the shop if you want one.

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BMW Motorrad in street racing

BMW Motorrad UK entered into road racing in 2014 to celebrate Meier’s famous victory of 75 years ago, in which he rode his factory Type 255 Kompressor and took BMW Motorrad’s first ever TT win. To celebrate this anniversary, BMW Motorrad UK joined road racing in 2014. Joining forces with Hawk Racing, the team behind the Buildbase BMW Motorrad British Superbike entry, and supported by BMW Motorrad Motorsport, BMW Motorrad / Hawk Racing was formed. The experts from Munich helped with their expertise, but also with technical support.

For example, BMW Motorrad Motorsport supplied the Superbike engine for Dunlop’s RR. Beginning with the North West 200 in May, Dunlop and the team took victories in both the Superstock and Superbike classes as part of their build up to the Isle of Man TT. At the Isle of Man TT, the BMW Motorrad / Hawk Racing team has now added three more TT triumphs to their collection. In doing so, the team has clearly shown what the BMW S 1000 RR can do in road racing. 25-year-old Dunlop has secured his own place in history. He now has an impressive 11 TT wins. Three of which atop the BMW S 1000 RR. He also became the first rider in history to win four TT races in two consecutive years.

BMW Motorrad: You are an ambitious rider. What have you got planned after the Ulster GP in August?

Dunlop: I just take each day as it comes. I’ve no big plans to do anything. I want to do my own thing. We will see how that develops. I wouldn’t race motorbikes if I wasn’t hungry for it. I don’t do it just to take part. I do it to win.
Thanks Michael, and good luck!

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