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William Dunlop up to third in 2010 Duke Road Race Rankings series

William Dunlop has moved into third place in the 2010 Duke Road Race Rankings series after a stunning performance at the Bush National Road Races, making him a real challenger to seize the title for the first time.
A spectacular performance at the Bush National Road Races has seen William Dunlop move into third in the 2010 Duke Road Race Rankings, making him a genuine contender to take the title for the first time.

Just seven days after taking a hat-trick of wins at the Manx Telecom Post TT Races in the Isle of Man, Ballymoney's William Dunlop dominated the seventh round of the Duke Road Race Rankings Series, the Bush National Road Races.

He took four wins, a second place and five lap records during a day of racing at the 3.3078-mile closed roads course near Dungannon in County Tyrone, and was named Man of the Meeting.

His points haul moved him up two places in the Duke rankings, to third. He is now just 57 points behind Ian Hutchinson, who secured second with his record-breaking five wins at the 2010 Isle of Man TT, and 149 points behind runaway leader Ryan Farquhar, who skipped the event after a dispute with ruling body the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre).

Farquhar remains favourite for the title, which would be his fifth win, as Hutchinson is unlikely to figure in a round again until the Ulster Grand Prix, but on his current form Dunlop could produce a real challenge.

His brother Michael, who also didn't race at Bush, dropped to fourth, now 247 points down on William.

The highest mover is Davy Morgan, one of only two people other than Dunlop to claims wins at Bush. He took the Open Superbike race and secured a third and two fourths to move up 10 places in the rankings to 11th. The other race winner was Dungannon's John Burrows, who took the 650 SuperTwins victory, as well as a second and two thirds. That was enough to move him up five places to sixth.

Michael Pearson took a second in the Supersport race, fourth in the Open
Superbike and third in the Grand Final to climb five to ninth.

Czech newcomer Michal Dokoupil also impressed with a second in the
SuperTwins, seventh in the Open Superbike and a pair of fifth places in
the Supersport and the Grand Final on the AIR Kawasaki machines. That moves him up nine places to 13th.

The next round of the Duke Road Race Rankings is on Saturday July 3 at the Skerries National Road Races, held on the outskirts of Dublin.



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William Dunlop, named Man of the Meeting at the 2010 Bush National Road Races, has moved into third in the 2010 Duke Road Race Rankings (Pat Nolan)
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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G - Unregistered

June 22, 2010 10:44 PM

Michal Dokoupil is a class rider, its great to see a 'newcomer' doing so well on the roads. First saw him at TT a couple of years ago and he was impressive there given the bikes and experience he had.



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