Dunlop returns for Hawk Racing at Oulton Park

September 13, 2023

Michael Dunlop will return to the Hawk Racing fold this weekend to compete in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park.

The Northern Irishman will ride on board the Crendon Honda by Hawk Racing, sharing the garage with Charlie Nesbitt in the absence of the injured Josh Owens.

The move continues the long-standing relationship between Hawk and Dunlop - a pairing that has enjoyed great success in road racing for a number of years, including a memorable win in the Superbike category at this year’s Isle of Man TT.

Speaking about the rider’s return to Bennetts BSB, team manager Steve Hicken explained:

“We have a great relationship with Michael and, with Josh still unavailable, it was only natural for us to invite him back for a ride.
“He’s recognised as one of the biggest names in road racing but Michael has also played a valuable part in our Bennetts BSB season, riding in the early rounds in preparation for the roads campaign and helping to improve the bike every time he’s been with us.
“We’re looking forward to his return and I’m sure he’ll be a draw for the fans too.
“It’s unfortunate for Josh to be missing out, particularly given this is his home race, but he’s on the road to recovery and we hope to see him back on the bike soon.”

Owens’ absence is a result of a broken wrist and fingers sustained in a fall at Thruxton in August.

It means that Dunlop will line up alongside Charlie Nesbitt, on the MasterMac Honda by Hawk Racing, who will be looking to build on an impressive performance to date in his first full Bennetts BSB season.

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“We’re excited to start our 25th consecutive season and hopefully spring some surprises along the way"
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- Steve Hicken, Hawk Racing Team Manager