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TT 2013: Red-hot Dunlop seals stunning treble
3 June 2013
Michael Dunlop continues to tear up the tarmac at the Isle of Man TT races as he won a record breaking Superstock race.
Dunlop never gave up as Gary Johnson led on each of the four laps until Dunlop took over on the final lap on his Honda Fireblade and set a new outright lap record at 131.22mph.
That incredible speed was only 3.5 seconds adrift of the new outright record set by John McGuinness of 131.671mph set in Sunday's Superbike race.
John McGuinness finished on the final rostrum place, but Dunlop and Johnson were in a thrilling race of their own, which went down to the wire, with Dunlop pulling out all the stops to bag his third victory of the 2013 meeting and his sixth success overall on the Mountain Course.
“That will do lovely. There are too many people to thank so I won't try now,” said the Northern Ireland star.
“On that last lap I just thought, 'you know what, we'll have a go'. We're here to make history and to win is the way forward.”
Dunlop will now fancy his chances of equalling Ian Hutchinson's 2010 record of five wins in a week at the TT, which the English rider achieved in 2010.
Behind the top three, the first six leaderboard positions were filled by young prospect Dean Harrison, Bruce Anstey and James Hillier.