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William Dunlop happy with progress made at Isle of Man TT

'It's been a positive TT for me, and to get my first podium was a big plus. I now know that I have the capability to win a TT' - William Dunlop
Northern Ireland's William Dunlop has reflected on a 'positive' Isle of Man TT, where he claimed his maiden rostrum in the Supersport class.

The Wilson Craig Honda rider had topped the practice time-sheets on the CBR600RR and started the first Supersport race as the slight favourite.

The 26-year-old wasn't quite able to register his debut victory on the Mountain course, but he did seal a coveted podium finish behind Bruce Anstey and team-mate Cameron Donald.

Dunlop led the second Supersport by over two seconds until he was forced out at Kirk Michael on the opening lap.

He took an impressive sixth in the Superbike race before rounding off the festival with another sixth place result in the Lightweight Supertwin TT, despite having limited track time on his Kawasaki ER6.

“I really enjoyed riding the Emerald Racing 650 Kawasaki,” Dunlop said.

“The only problem I had was lack of track time I suppose, as it was only my first real competitive ride on the bike.

“I took it very cautious on the first lap as I think everyone did, as we weren't sure where the damp patches were around the circuit.

“To finish in sixth place was very pleasing for myself, and I just want to thank Emerald Racing for giving me the opportunity to ride the bike at the TT.”

Dunlop was dismayed by the decision to cancel the Senior race for the first time in the history of the TT, but agreed it was the right call by the organisers.

“It's a shame we didn't get a run out on the Wilson Craig Superbike in the Senior, but I think the organisers called the right decision in the end," he said.

“It's been a positive TT for me, and to get my first podium was a big plus.

"I now know that I have the capability to win a TT, so hopefully TT2013 will reward me with my first win.”

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William Dunlop - Wilson Craig Honda [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade.
William Dunlop will ride for the Davies Motorsport Team at the Classic TT
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Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
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William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Senior Race podium at the Southern 100
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Keith Amor on the Rig Deluge Honda at the Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his victory in the Supersport 1 TT
William Dunlop on the Tyco BMW
Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop on the Buildbase BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Supebike TT winner Bruce Anstey with James Hilier and Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda Superbike at the Isle of Man TT
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Honda Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT

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Raymy - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 8:23 PM

Not surprised by William's results at this TT. He didn't reach the top step yet, but that will happen sooner rather than later. Absolutely brilliant rider and person as well. Honda TT Legends future rider no doubt about it.

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