Team concedes defeat

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Top level race team sponsor Milwaukee Tools has thrown in the towel in its bid to secure the services of Isle of Man TT star Michael Dunlop for 2014.

Dunlop parted company from Honda after a sensational season during which he won four TT races in a week.

As revealed in the News Letter last week, Milwaukee stepped up its efforts to sign the 24-year-old following his split from Neil Tuxworth’s TT Legends line-up.

However, Milwaukee and Muir have decided they can no longer wait on Dunlop to finalise his plans as speculation continues over whether he will take a year out from the sport or compete again next season.

Muir has already signed Yorkshire star Ian Hutchinson for the international road races next season along with new BSB rider Josh Brookes.

Milwaukee’s Commercial Director, Dale McElveen, said: “Once Milwaukee knew Michael was available we wanted him on board and discussed this with Shaun [Muir] and offered to increase funding to make this happen.

“After much debate, we fully support Shaun in his decision that we have to move on as a team and cannot wait on Michael to decide what 2014 holds for him.”