FOLLOWING on from the recent news that the Dunlop brothers, William and Michael, will be riding for different factories for the coming campaign, William has announced that he will leave home to be away from his brother for the racing season. -
William will be riding for the Milwaukee Yamaha team this year under the Sean Muir racing team, and he really wants to stay focused on the job in hand. Since the announcement of the factory rides for the brothers, they have been linked to their father Robert and Uncle Joey, who rode for Norton and Honda at the same time. As he began searching for a new home he said: 'You wouldn't expect John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson to live together and share a house, would you?' He went on: 'I need to get away from Michael and get my own space now. When you come home from a weekend's racing, you need that. Hutchy doesn't have to come home and see McGuinness every weekend, does he? 'We are brothers and we get on really well. In the week before a race there is a build-up of tension in the house. Michael knows that I am as good as him, if I am in the right frame of mind, so he plays mind games all the time. 'He tries to get into the back of my head, and even though I know what he is doing it still gets to me a bit. 'Michael is completely obsessive about winning, and he just won't accept being beaten.' William had wins at the North West and Ulster Grand Prix last year, and also on the local national scene, and he is likely to be riding his 125 and 250 in selected national meetings this year. He is scheduled to compete in the first few rounds of the British Championship on the 600 Yamaha, but he is looking forward to seeing action on the Superbike and Superstock at the North West and TT, and he believes that people under-estimate his capabilities on the bigger bikes. He will ride an ex Eugene Laverty 2010 WSB specification R1 and a Superstock R1 as well as the 600, and he feels that he can win on either the 600 or the Superbike, as he now knows more about where he is going at the TT. The TT is the meeting that matters for both Dunlop and Muir, and the team have planned plenty of testing in preseason in both the UK and Spain. Last year William was fastest in practice for the 600 at the TT, and missed out winning owing to machine failure and nerves, something that plays on his mind. He knows that he finds the big meetings make him nervous. 'It annoys me that people think that I am not good enough; that really gets me going. This is a great opportunity for me, so many things can open up for me now, and I really want that,' he concluded. William still loves racing two stroke machines, and with the 125 and 250 still in the garage we hope that he will be able to make the National grids in some form or another during the season. The loss of the brothers to the National scene will definitely see the fans staying away from events, and while the problem of falling attendances at some meetings over the last few years has been worrying for some clubs, let's hope that the talents of the Dunlop brothers will shine through this year.