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William Dunlop among favourites for Supersport TT glory

'I come to the TT to win – that's the reason I'm here – so I'll give it my best shot but it won't be easy' - William Dunlop
Northern Ireland's William Dunlop is bidding to win his maiden Isle of Man TT race in Monday's first Supersport race.

The Wilson Craig Honda rider has been consistently fast on his CBR6000RR during practice, clocking the fastest speed at 126mph.

He starts the race as the slight favourite, but faces stiff opposition from brother Michael, plus team-mate Cameron Donald, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Hondas and last year's winner Gary Johnson.

Last month, Dunlop was victorious in the Supersport class at the North West 200 when he defeated reigning British champion Alastair Seeley and he would love to add a TT success to his growing list of achievements.

“I'm feeling a bit of pressure, but I'll just go out and do my thing and whatever happens, happens,” he told the Belfast News Letter.

“I just want to try and get my first win at the TT out of the way and if I could do that it would be brilliant and it'd set us up for the rest of the week.

“I come to the TT to win – that's the reason I'm here – so I'll give it my best shot but it won't be easy.”

Dunlop is also among the major challengers in the Superstock race, when his brother Michael plus Ryan Farquhar spearhead a strong Northern Ireland challenge.

McGuinness, Guy Martin, Donald, Anstey and Gary Johnson will also be gunning for victory in the production-based class on the Mountain course.







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