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Dunlop has strong prospects in feature classes at North West 200

'I really like the bikes and by the time the TT comes then we should be in a good position' - William Dunlop
Wilson Craig Honda's William Dunlop was more than satisfied with his performances during opening practice at the North West 200.

Dunlop is among the contenders in the Superstock race on Thursday evening, which whets the appetite for Saturday's main bill.

The 26-year-old finished third in the Superbike session and set the fourth fastest time in the Supersport and Superstock classes.

Dunlop said: “I was happy with the Superbike but I was really pleased with the 600 because we were running in a new engine and I wasn't really riding hard.

“The Superstock bike only arrived on Monday and the boys put an exhaust on it and away we went, so it was all good,” he added.

“I really like the bikes and by the time the TT comes then we should be in a good position.

“I was riding quite hard on the Superbike but there should be more to come from the Supersport bike, but at the same time things could change with the weather for Thursday.

“But at least I've got good positions on the grid should it turn out wet.”

Dunlop's road racing hero dad Robert is the most successful rider in the history of the North West 200, where he won 15 times.

Robert was tragically killed at the event in a practice crash four years ago.



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William Dunlop - Wilson Craig Honda [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
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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