Michael Dunlop returns to the track during BSB test at Donington Park

The 19-time Isle of Man TT winner drove a BMW under the DC Racing banner and finished the day 23rd in combined times, 0.4 seconds behind Honda Racing newcomer BSB Ryo Mizuno of Japan and ahead fellow road racer Brian McCormack (FHO Racing BMW), who finished 25th fastest.

In March, Dunlop made his debut at the legendary Daytona 200 in Florida, finishing an impressive 11th place in RPMmoto.com’s Kawasaki ZX6.

The Ballymoney runner’s previous race was also a short circuit reunion at the ‘King of Kirkistown’ event in Co Down last September.

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Michael Dunlop in the BMW DC Racing during the BSB test at Donington Park National on Tuesday.  Photo: David Yeomans Photogrpaghy.

Michael Dunlop in the BMW DC Racing during the BSB test at Donington Park National on Tuesday. Photo: David Yeomans Photogrpaghy.

Last year, the 32-year-old was scheduled to drive a Ducati Panigale V4 for Paul Bird’s team at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT, before the road racing calendar was essentially wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dunlop, however, has taken part in a number of tests this year, including the BSB test at Oulton Park last month and a Dunlop Masters Superbike test at Mondello Park in Co Kildare a few days later.

The Ulster rider did not take part in the Cookstown 100 last September – the only Irish road race to take place in 2020 – but fans are hoping to see him in action at his home event in Armoy in late July, where he won the blue ribbon ‘Race of Legends’ ran eight times in a row.

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