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Conor Cummins sets pace on Tyco Superbike at Ulster GP

Isle of Man star Conor Cummins has bit between his teeth on day one of the 2012 Ulster Grand Prix
Conor Cummins lived up to the promise of his Southern 100 podium romp last month by grabbing pole position for today's Dundrod 150 Superbike race in glorious sunshine on Wednesday.

The Tyco Suzuki rider clocked the fastest lap on his GSX-R1000 Suzuki at 129.429mph to claim the number one spot by 0.6 seconds from Northern Ireland's Michael Dunlop, who lapped at 129.004mph.

Dunlop suffered two slipped discs in his back while working on his bikes prior to last month's Armoy road races and the 23-year-old aggravated the injury during practice.

The Ballymoney star is in severe pain and his condition could have an adverse impact on his chances.

Manx rider Cummins missed the Isle of Man TT races through injury in June, but announced his return to form as he finished on the rostrum five times from five starts at the Southern 100.

His Tyco team-mate, Guy Martin - a winner in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix 12 months ago - was third fastest at 128.948mph, 0.7s off the top time.

Bruce Anstey on Clive Padgett's Honda (128.809mph), Craig Honda rider William Dunlop (128.775mph) and Gary Johnson on the second Padgett's Honda (128.067mph) were the leading six.

KMR Kawasaki's Ryan Farquhar only managed a single lap after experiencing machine problems with his ZX-10R.

William Dunlop was the fastest rider through the speed trap on Wilson Craig's Fireblade at 194mph, with Martin timed at 193mph, Dan Kneen at 192mph and Cummins at 190mph.

Dunlop took the top spot in practice for the Ulster Grand Prix Supersport class with a lap at 125.679mph, over one and a half seconds ahead of Anstey (124.707mph) with Michael Dunlop third at 124.153mph, 2.6 seconds off the time set by his brother.

Martin (123.785mph), Johnson (123.656mph) and Dan Kneen (123.232mph) were the top six, with Superbike pace-setter Cummins in seventh (122.950mph).

Rising prospect Dean Harrison claimed pole for the Challenge race at the Dundrod 150 meeting today with a brilliant lap at 126.251mph on his Kawasaki and starts as the clear favourite with his closest rival in qualifying, Rob Barbour, 4.2 seconds in arrears.

The combined 250cc/Supertwins session saw Farquhar lead the way with a lap at 115.445mph from Ivan Lintin (111.649mph).

Roads close at the Dundrod circuit at 10.30am this morning for final qualifying and the Dundrod 150 races, which serve as a warm-up to Saturday's main event.



Related Pictures

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Conor Cummins on the Tyco Suzuki during practice for the Ulster Grand Prix
Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade.
John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar will again compete at the Classic TT on Paton machinery for Roger Winfield
William Dunlop will ride for the Davies Motorsport Team at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
Steve Plater with Bruce Charman of Prime Factors
William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin celebrates winning the Solo Championship race with Dan Kneen andIvan Lintin
Guy Martin at the Southern 100
Guy Martin, BMW, [Credit: BMW]
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
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.

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