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TT 2013: Dunlop bags double with Supersport triumph
3 June 2013
Michael Dunlop maintained his stunning form at the Isle of Man TT with victory in today's first Supersport race.
Dunlop, who boosted his tally of TT victories to four on Sunday as he claimed the Superbike honours – his first Mountain success in the premier class – quickly got down to business as he seized the lead from brother William on lap one.
He edged ahead on his MD Racing Honda, prepared by World Supersport outfit PTR, at Ballaugh and at Ramsey hairpin was 1.5 seconds clear of the Milwaukee Yamaha rider, with Bruce Anstey on the HM Plant/Padgett's Honda in third position.
Dunlop increased his advantage to 4.1 seconds at the end of the opening lap as Anstey moved into second ahead of William Dunlop, with Cameron Donald on the Wilson Craig Honda next.
The Northern Ireland rider continued to turn the screw and stretched away at the front, lapping at 127.525mph on his second lap to seize control.
Dunlop was comfortably ahead of Kiwi Anstey by 10 seconds at Glen Helen on the third lap and led on the roads by the time they reached Ramsey, catching and passing Anstey who started 10 seconds ahead of him at number five.
The 24-year-old managed his lead until the chequered flag at the end of the fourth lap, securing his fifth TT victory to equal the number of Isle of Man wins achieved by his late father Robert.
Anstey was a safe second, while William Dunlop held on for the final place on the rostrum after John McGuinness began to make inroads during the final two laps.
A delighted Dunlop said: “The bike was mint and all the team put a lot of work in and I'm glad to get the first win for PTR around here.
“I wanted to get my head down and prove what I was made of. On those last couple of laps I just made sure the bike was all right.”
Behind McGuinness, James Hillier and Guy Martin were the top six.
Cameron Donald finished in seventh place from the impressive Dean Harrison.
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