There was quite a big question mark over Temple Golf Racing Team’s future after the withdrawal of their only rider William Dunlop from the TT, when Robert’s son decided to come back home to stay with his pregnant partner who was facing a few problems.
It was looking like another bad season for William, after a crash at the North West and a much awaited TT which he almost hasn’t take part in.
A few people questioned Dunlop’s comeback this time, but now that things at home are looking better, he’s already set on being onboard the R1M and R6 Temple Golf at this weekend Skerries 100. We’re talking about a Dunlop, after all…
For the remaining of the road racing season, though, William won’t be the only rider of Tim Martin’s squad: the Team has just signed the young talented Northern Irish road racer Paul Jordan, who is now set to ride the R1M Stock alongside his private Yamaha R6.
Twenty-seven years old from Magherafelt, Jordan started with the British Championship on the “wee bikes”, as he says, and then switched to pure road racing in the same 125cc class: 3rd at the 2014 Ulster GP, 1st in the 2015 Irish Road Racing 125cc Championship, “Man of the Meeting” at the 2016 Cookstown 100, 4th in the Supertwin Race at the Ulster GP, four top 15 results at the North West 200 in 2016, then an amazing win at Faugheen 50 last year in the Supersport Race and the awaited debut at the Isle of Man TT, just in the 600cc class.
At this year’s event Paul added the CBR1000RR TC Racing, only for the TT, wishing to go on with the big bikes at the National Road Races as well, though.
And here comes the agreement with Tim Martin, who previously run Mar-Train Racing Team (with riders like Dean Harrison and Dan Kneen), withdrawing from the sport in 2016. Tim then promptly stepped in to help William Dunlop as a sponsor last year with his new company Temple Golf, announcing then a full commitment with him at the start of 2018. And now with a second talented rider as well. The Team has got a R6 and two R1M, which will be ride by William Dunlop and Paul Jordan from this weekend on.
The two Northern Irish riders are even long-standing friends: “William built me a 125cc years ago” Paul says. “Now it feels good having someone with so much experience and talent as William as a team mate, as I can learn a lot from him and I’m sure he will push me on. I hope I can help him out as well and work as mates to do the best job we can. It feels great as well as I had been going to the Isle of Man TT with him when I was younger, to help him when he rode for Wilson Craig Racing; and now I will be lining up on the road with him as team mates!”.
Jordan tested Temple Golf Racing R1M last Sunday at Kirkistown, describing a great feeling with the bike. His debut with the Team will be this weekend at the Skerries 100 in Ireland.