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Michael Dunlop rounds off week in style at Southern 100

'What more can I say? I entered five races and won five races. People talk about five-timers back home, but that's a real five-timer' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop stamped his authority all over the Billown course at the Southern 100 as he wrapped up a spectacular five-timer in record-breaking fashion today.

The Ballymoney man has been unstoppable at the famous road race on the Isle of Man this week and capped a performance that will live long in the memory with victory in the 600cc and blue riband Solo Championship races to end the week with a perfect record of five wins from five starts.

Dunlop increased the lap record at the 4.25-mile circuit near Castletown in the south of the island to a blistering 113.584mph as he dispatched nearest challenger Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzuki with a ruthless display.

The 23-year-old also established a new race record on his Hunts Motorcycles/McAdoo Honda Fireblade in a time of 20m 36.803s, an average speed for the nine-lap event of 111.335mph.

Lincolnshire star Martin simply had no answer to Dunlop, who won by five seconds in the end as Conor Cummins finished on the rostrum for the fifth time this week in third on the second Tyco GSX-R1000.

Dunlop kicked off the day with a classy triumph in a gripping Supersport race by 1.8s from Cummins, with Jamie Coward taking the final place on the podium on his 600cc Suzuki, over two seconds behind the winner.

Hot prospect and Billown newcomer Dean Harrison, veteran Ian Lougher and Ivan Lintin rounded out the top six.

An ecstatic Dunlop said: “What more can I say? I entered five races and won five races. People talk about five-timers back home, but that's a real five-timer.

“It was hard work but great racing and the bike was awesome.

“Thanks to everyone, all the boys who helped me and the team and Winston [McAdoo] who is probably listening on the radio back home,” added Dunlop, who was celebrating back-to-back victories in the prestigious Solo Championship race.

“It's another Superbike win and I wanted to retain my title. That's what I set out to do and I was in the zone.

“I passed Guy [Martin] and said 'let's see if he can come with me' but I did a couple of hot laps and that was it.

“We're definitely living the dream now.”

Nearly-man Martin, who finished as the runner-up to Dunlop for the third time in the premier class, had no option but to tip his hat to his young conqueror.

“We made a few changes to the bike and it was better in a couple of areas but worse in others.

“But fair play to Michael, that's five he's done this week,” he said.

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