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William Dunlop confident of Ulster GP Superbike charge
12 June 2013
William Dunlop is confident he can challenge for a victory in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix in August.
Dunlop gained valuable time on the Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike at the Isle of Man TT, clocking his first lap in excess of 130mph on the Mountain Course from a standing start as he finished seventh in the Senior race.
The Ulster Grand Prix is the final major international road race of the season before the Macau Grand Prix in November and Dunlop says he 'can win' on the R1 at Dundrod, where his opposition will include brother Michael and Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin.
Dunlop, who also gave the Milwaukee Yamaha team its only rostrum finish at the TT with third in the first Supersport race when he lapped at 127mph on the R6, said: “I was really happy with my opening lap in the Senior TT and the bike was good enough for a lap of 131mph; I just wasn't fit enough with my shoulder giving me a few problems in the last few laps, but I know we can win on that bike at the Ulster Grand Prix.
“In the Supersport races, the level at the top hasn't changed, it has just got stronger down through the field. 127mph would have been good enough for two wins last year, but things move on.
“I am disappointed with the results as the bike was so good, but again we can be stronger as the season goes on,” he added.
“I got on with the boys really well and especially enjoyed working with Pete Jennings, who listened to me and dialled in settings that I wanted and run with them, which I really appreciated.
“We just need more time on the bikes now as I don't want to be finishing second to Michael or Guy, or anyone else when we get to the UGP.”
Dunlop finished ninth in the Superbike TT, fourth in the second Supersport after he was edged out by John McGuinness on the final lap and ninth in the Superstock encounter.
He will be in action at the Cork road races this weekend in Ireland plus the Skerries road races near Dublin ahead of next month's Southern 100 meeting at Billown on the Isle of Man.
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