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North Antrim MP and independent chairman of Motorsport Taskforce Ian Paisley has congratulated Ballymoney motorbike racer Michel Dunlop for a magnificent 11th place at his first appearance at the USA top bike event the Daytona 200.

The DUP MP said, "Michael’s 11th pace came when he had bike problems and was his first appearance there. This past week I had been trying to help his mechanics get extra parts and people flown out to him so as he could be competitive in his first appearance.

He started 21 on the grid and was in the top ten for a nunber of laps before finishing in 11th place. This is a magnificent show and I congratulate him and his team. Michael is one of NIs top athelites and sportsmen abs it is great to see him do so well overseas."