RR »

Top road racers in Ulster Grand Prix showdown

Dundrod braced for titanic tussle as Dunlop brothers prepare to fend off challenge of overseas raiders Martin, Anstey, Cummins and Johnson
The excitement is building ahead of this week's 90th anniversary Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod in Northern Ireland, the final major international road race of the season.

Honda TT Legends duo John McGuinness and Cameron Donald are missing from the line-up due to their commitments in the Endurance World Championship in Germany this weekend, but their absence isn't expected to impact on what promises to be another explosive contest on the fastest road racing circuit on the planet.

Last year's man of the meeting, hat-trick star Michael Dunlop, returns as the slight pre-race favourite.

The 23-year-old from Ballymoney has been in sensational form since the Isle of Man TT, dominating the Southern 100 at Billown before notching a double at Irish road race meetings Walderstown and a treble at Armoy.

Dunlop won both Supersport races at Dundrod in 2011, diving up the inside of brother William twice on the final lap at the hairpin to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat. 


He also followed up his Superstock TT victory last year with another triumph in the production-based class at the 'Prix', but was denied the opportunity to challenge for honours in the Superbike category after the engine in his Kawasaki ZX-10 expired.

However, Dunlop is confident he has the firepower at his disposal to stake his claim for his first victory in the premier class at Dundrod on Saturday, when he lines up on the Hunts Motorcycles/McAdoo Honda Fireblade.

He is bidding to equal Phillip McCallen's feat of five wins in a day at the Ulster GP, but the level of competition he faces is formidable.

And Dunlop will have to fight through the pain barrier after he sustained two slipped discs in his back, a setback that occurred when he was working on his machines before the Armoy road races.

Bruce Anstey excels at Dundrod and last year won the opening Superbike race after starting from the second row of the grid on Clive Padgett's Honda. 





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Guy Martin at Ballaugh Bridge
Southern 100 2014 - Solo Champion - Guy Martin (apex-photos.com)
Southern 100 2014 - Conrad Harrison Jason Crowe - Sidecar Champions  (apex-photos.com)
Lightweight Southern 100 - Dean Harrison Goes Underneath James Cowton  (Apex-Photos.com)
Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzuki
Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzuki
Dave Molyneux, Benjamin Binns at Southern 100 (Pic: apex-photos.com)
Michael Dunlop (Superbike) at Southern 100 (Pic: apex-photos.com)
Jamie Hamilton
James Hillier in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Guy Martin in the Senior TT
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Dean Harrison on his way to victory in the Lightweight TT
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
Michael Rutter on the Smiths Triumph

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.