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Tandragee 100: Dunlop routs opposition

5 May 2013

Michael Dunlop followed up his double at the Cookstown 100 Irish national road races with another brace in the Superbike class at the Tandragee 100 on Saturday.

Dunlop only made a late decision on Friday to compete at the event after initially planning to skip the meeting to focus on preparing for the upcoming North West 200 on May 18.

The Honda rider sat out the Supersport race on Saturday but routed the opposition to win both Superbike races on his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.

He won the first race by almost 27 seconds after eight laps of the 5.3-mile circuit in County Armagh, beating Michael Pearson on the Team Hotties BMW S1000RR.

It was a similar story in the main Tandragee 100 Superbike race as Dunlop hit the front on the opening lap of seven and effortlessly pulled away at the front, setting the fastest lap of the day at 108.992mph as he won by 26 seconds from Dublin man Derek Sheils on the CD Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Wayne Kirwan won the Supersport 600 race on the Crossan Yamaha R6 from Pearson, while William Dunlop was a winner in the 250cc race on brother Michael's TSR Honda.

Milwaukee Yamaha rider Dunlop did not compete in the Superbike or Supersport races.

Jamie Hamilton won the Supertwin 650 race on the Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki, with Sam Wilson beating Paul Robinson to win the Moto3/125cc event.

The next roads meeting is the first international showdown of the season at the North West 200, where Michael Dunlop will ride for the Honda TT Legends team alongside John McGuinness and Michael Rutter.


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