Michael Dunlop will ride a third different bike in four events after being selected to give the new ABM GP2 R chassis its competitive debut ahead of its introduction for the 2022 British GP2 Championship.
The road racing legend – who sits third on the Isle of Man TT‘s all-time winner list with 19 wins to his name – has been busy in recent weeks after riding the Dynavolt Triumph in the British Supersport Championship at Silverstone before moving on to Buildbase Suzuki in the BSB class at Oulton Park.
He will be back in the paddock for the 2021 Finals at Brands Hatch riding the new GP2 chassis from Associated British Motorcycles – built to Moto2 World Championship specifications – which kicks off in full in 2022.
The new ABM GP2 R is fitted with the original Triumph 765cc triple cylinder, as ABM seeks to supply another local rival to Spirit, Chassis Factory and Harris, as well as the German-made Kalex topping the 2021 ranks with Charlie Nesbitt by RS Racing. .
“The Supersport class has always provided a lot of fun and excitement at all levels of racing and the introduction of the GP2 machines is a positive step in the right direction.
“I can’t wait to cycle for the boys this weekend and the goal is to provide positive feedback for his continued development. I’m sure I can have a bit of fun in the process as Brands Hatch GP is a great track to do it. ”
“This is a unique machine that fulfills our long-standing desire for a GP2 class prototype to race in the UK,” commented ABM Chief Engineer Tony Scott.
“[It is] Something we launched in 2017 with our development bike ridden by Alastair Seeley. We continued this in 2019 with Mason Law and in 2020 with Charlie Nesbitt and Alastair Seeley.
“As this class has grown and matured, we have developed our plan to sell competitive and profitable machines at the private GP2 paddock. This is now achieved with our 2021 765cc GP2R machine, which uses the same power plant used in the Moto2 World Championship category.
“In the hands of Michael Dunlop, we hope to further develop the package with one of the motorcycle icons. This project will help showcase the ABM brand and I am grateful to the BSB organizers for giving the machine time and attention, and allowing us to compare it to existing GP2 motorcycles.
British GP2 is part of British Supersport races, but the series adopts its own scoring system. About 8 to 12 registrants per race use GP2 machines.