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MP calls for national honour to recognise Dunlop's sporting success.

Motorbike racer Michael Dunlop

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has congratulated constituent and racer Michael Dunlop in his magnificent success at the Isle of Man TT races where he is inching closer to equalling what was the unbeatable record of his uncle Joey Dunlop.

In another sensational performance the 34-year-old County Antrim man enjoyed four solo victories at this year's event.

Dunlop sits tantalisingly close to his uncle Joey's all-time record of 26 wins, trailing that longstanding benchmark by just one. There is no doubt he will be back with his sights set on surpassing his legendary uncle Joey as the most successful rider ever, and continuing the Dunlop family legacy in motorbike racing.

Commenting on Michael's performance and calling for national recognition for one of Northern Ireland's motorcycle racing greats, North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said:

"It is obvious that Michael will one day soon surpass that island race record set by his late uncle, Joey Dunlop.

"This is a magnificent success and more so as it is not a factory machine that Michael races for but his own and private sponsor's machine. This is a truly excellent result. In fact, nothing could be more fitting for the Dunlop family that this record remains in the family. I know Michael’s family will be so proud of him as are we all. He risks all for this sport and is a true champion.

"Michael has been recognised by his town when he received the freedom of Ballymoney some years ago.

"It’s now time for him to receive a national honour for his sporting success and I would urge the government to move immediately with my proposal.

"Motorbike racing is in the DNA of Northern Ireland sport and a national honour and recognition is important to mark this.

"Well done, Michael."

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