Team Plans for 2018

After a sabbatical of just one year Lisburn businessman Tim Martin is stepping back into International road racing to help one of the country’s most talented riders fulfil his potential and fight for an Isle of Man TT victory. William Dunlop has endured a couple of lacklustre seasons with only sporadic glimpses of his unquestionable ability shining through, 2018 however has brought a renewed enthusiasm for the sport generated from having a new team built around him with one simple focus – William Dunlop.

The thirty two year old borrowed Martin’s Yamahas for 2017 and made a major break through at the Ulster Grand Prix after making significant electronic improvements during a test in England. Whilst the Ballymoney man eventually had to sit the event out due to injury he impressed during qualifying and became the first man to break the 200mph top speed barrier meaning thoughts immediately turned to 2018 potential and a possible new partnership.

For 2018 Dunlop will line up on the Temple Golf Club R1M Yamaha’s in the Superstock and Superbike categories as well as the Temple & Caffrey International R6 Yamaha in the Supersport class at all three International road races. The team will also take in the opening British Superbike rounds plus a few other events yet to be confirmed.

After spearheading the development of the all new YZF-R1M throughout 2015 Tim Martin was cruelly denied his opportunity to reap the rewards in 2016 following an injury to rider Dan Kneen. After a year away from the sport his desire to win races has only intensified and he aims to prove just how good both Dunlop and the Yamaha actually are with International victories the absolute target.

Team Principal – Tim Martin
“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.”

Rider – William Dunlop
“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. 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. Tim coming back to build the team for me is such a boost of confidence, I am continuing my supersport arrangement through Caffrey International as well as bringing my loyal sponsors Bayview Hotel and Henderson Food Machinery along so I have everything I wanted and need to win races.”