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Hutchinson and Dunlop top contenders to replace Donald

Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop TT2010
Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop are in the frame to replace Cameron Donald

Relentless TAS Suzuki team boss Hector Neill says Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop are both being considered to replace Cameron Donald for 2011.

Neill says the team will have to act quickly to replace the Australian as they already have dates set for testing in Spain.

"Ian and Michael are definitely at the top of the tree," he said.

The selected rider will join Guy Martin who replaced Bruce Anstey in the Northern Ireland-based team last month.

Guy Martin
Guy Martin is already confirmed in the 2011 team

Neill also told BBC Isle of Man that Gary Johnson was the rider he was interested in.

"We need a team which can win at the NW200 and the TT, especially for the sponsor side of it.

"We need to act quickly because we've got testing to do in Spain.

"The team was more or less put together but it's been a bit of a shock with Cameron.

"We need to know this week who our second racer will be."

Neill says Hutchinson and Dunlop have been contacted and talks have been opened with both.

BBC Isle of Man spoke to Hutchinson and Dunlop on Wednesday but neither commented on their plans for 2011.

Both riders are yet to confirm a team for the season ahead.



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see also
Donald and TAS team part company
23 Nov 10 |  Motorsport
Donald re-signs for Suzuki team
10 Nov 10 |  Motorsport
Martin moves to Relentless Suzuki
01 Nov 10 |  Motorsport
Martin not dwelling on TT crash
16 Jul 10 |  Motorsport


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