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In the last 11 years Michael Dunlop has chalked up no fewer than 20 victories on the Snaefell Mountain Course, 13 of them in the TT. During that period he has had more than his share of success, hardship and sadness. Regarded as one of the most tenacious competitors in racing, only one thing matters to Michael, and that is standing on the top step of the podium.
Flying solo and locked on.

He is often outspoken, unpredictable, even pugnacious, but above all he is determined to do things his own way.

This particular Dunlop has become the maverick of the road racing paddock. He is far happier struggling and doing his own thing than toeing the line with the corporate image in a major team.

In the last four seasons Michael has turned down a second year of what looked like a dream ride with Honda, and walked away from the factory-supported Yamaha team slap-bang in the middle of TT Practice Week.

Aside from his bravado and ferociously single-minded approach, Michael is a brilliant rider and master technician. After all, he is a member of the best-known family in pure road racing, part of a second generation of Dunlops who have carved their way into the very DNA of one of the most thrilling and dangerous sports known to mankind.

Motorcycle racers are renowned for their courage and stoicism. To simply compete over a tortuous course such as the Isle of Man’s notorious Snaefell Mountain, riders need nerves of steel and immense skill as they battle their machines against an assortment of road and weather conditions.

They need to be prepared to contend with more than 200 bends on each and every circuit – passing through towns and villages, along country roads, across exposed hills, tram lines and even a hump-backed bridge, taking them from sea level to a maximum height of 1500 feet.

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Island Racer 2017 is the ultimate guide to this year’s TT. The packed 148-page edition includes: • Ian Hutchinson: The Bingley Bullet has 14 race wins in the bag, and is hunting for more • McGuinness and Martin: Honda’s biggest ever dream team • Also featuring Peter Hickman, Josh Brookes, Dan Kneen and Tim Reeves • The complete 2017 TT Racer's Who’s Who • A beginner’s guide to the TT • A massive multi-part TT poster • Blast from the past racing archive features