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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.”

Related Pictures

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William Dunlop - Wilson Craig Honda [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
Michael Dunlop (Superbike) at Southern 100 (Pic: apex-photos.com)
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha in the Supersport TT
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop lines up at the start of the second Supersport TT race
Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
Michael Dunlop on the MD Racing BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison and Bruce Anstey on the Superstock TT rostrum
Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey - 2014 Superstock TT (Apex-photos.com)
Bruce Anstey - 2014 Superstock TT (Apex-photos.com)
Bob Price was tragically killed in an incident in the Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT
Gary Johnson and Bruce Anstey

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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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