A speeding motorcyclist who allegedly failed to stop for police and made a run for it in Tauranga overnight was tracked down by a dog unit.

Police said a pursuit began when the man failed to stop on Cameron Rd around 7.50pm.

A police media spokeswoman said the motorcyclist was travelling 40km over the speed limit. Officers were were called following reports of a person speeding on a motorcycle through Oropi.

"They were doing 90km in a 50km zone," she said.

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The man allegedly left his bike during the pursuit and fled on foot at Gamman Mill Rd in Oropi about 8pm.

A police dog unit tracked him down and he was arrested at 8.07pm.