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William Dunlop edges epic Supersport race

17 August 2013

William Dunlop won his third Supersport 600 race at the Ulster Grand Prix following one of the most memorable showdowns at Dundrod in recent years.

Milwaukee Yamaha rider Dunlop and Bruce Anstey on the Padgett's HM Plant Honda were in a class of their own as they went head to head around the 7.4-mile circuit, pulling away from Manx rider Conor Cummins on the second of the Milwaukee Yamaha machines.

In a game of cat and mouse, the pair swapped places throughout the race before giving their all for the race in on a dramatic last lap.

Anstey had the bit between his teeth but Dunlop was poised and made a move at Wheelers to hit the front.

The 27-year-old, a winner in the class in 2012, still held the advantage at the hairpin but 44-year-old Anstey made an audacious move close to the finish at Quarries to take over.

Dunlop, though, managed to get on the power on earlier as he blasted around Dawson's Bend to outgun Anstey to the line.

Cummins was on his own in third with Michael Dunlop a distant fourth on the MD Racing Honda.

Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin, who won the first Supersport race in damp conditions, was forced out on the first lap.

Dean Harrison finished fifth on the Ian Bell Yamaha R6 ahead of Cameron Donald on Wilson Craig's Honda.


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