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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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William Dunlop - Wilson Craig Honda [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.
Ian Hutchinson o the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha in the second Monster Energy Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on his Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Street Sweep Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Paul Shoesmith was killed in a crash during a practice lap for the Isle of Man TT.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at Ballacrye
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW Superbike at the Isle of Man TT.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Superbike during Isle of Man TT practice.

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