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Michael Dunlop targets victory in blue riband Senior race at TT

'The TT is the biggest road race in the world and to win around there is something special' - Michael Dunlop
Michel Dunlop has emerged as one of the top exponents at the Isle of Man TT since he claimed his debut victory in the Supersport class in 2009.

Dunlop was back on the podium in 2010, albeit without adding to his solitary victory on the Mountain Course, but last year he was back on the top step in the Superstock class.

The 23-year-old returns to the TT this year with an array of machinery, switching to a Honda Fireblade for the Superbike and Senior races.

Like most riders, Dunlop's dream is to win a premier class race at the TT, with success in the blue riband Senior next Friday his biggest objective.

“Obviously I'd like to win the Senior, but I'll take any win on the big bike if it comes,” he said.

“I'd like to try and win the Superstock race again and I'm feeling confident for the 600 races as well.

“But it will take a bit more effort to win a Superbike race and hopefully we'll be able to do it.”

Dunlop failed to set the world alight at the North West 200 as he continued to get to grips with his new machines, which include the Hunts Motorcycles/McAdoo Honda Superbike and Ard Na Mara Homes/McAdoo Suzuki GSXR-600.

“It's definitely harder when you're up against the factory teams and we have to bolt on stuff and make everything ourselves,” he added.

“It's hard to get the parts you want as well but it's a challenge I had to take and hopefully it will pay off.

“The TT is the biggest road race in the world and to win around there is something special.

“Joey obviously holds the record at the TT with 26 wins so it's time for us to bring some more home, so we'll keep plugging away and trying for more wins.”

Last year, Dunlop suffered a major setback in the pits in the Superbike race as he lost vital time due to a problem fitting the rear wheel on his Kawasaki.

He is determined to avoid a similar situation again and is mindful of the fact that races can be won and lost during the pit-stops at the TT.

“You need a good pit-stop and John McGuinness has been strong in the pits if you look at it over the years. If John has needed to make up a bit of ground he always seems to get some time back in the pits,” he said.

“I've had my fair share of problems in the pits at the TT and the main thing is to try and have a good one," added Dunlop in the Belfast News Letter.

“You just have to keep at it and you don't want to lose a race in the pits.

“It's hard enough to get a lead and once you've got it you don't want to give it away easily,” he added.

“You could win and lose a race in the pits so we'll be trying to get it right.”

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May 29, 2012 7:11 PM

You've plenty of time, Michael. JMcG and others have alot of experience, and you're still learning your craft. You can dominate for 10 years in the future, so bear that in mind. All the best.

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