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William Dunlop powers to Supersport win at Ulster GP

Northern Ireland's William Dunlop celebrates success in opening Supersport race at Ulster Grand Prix over Kiwi Bruce Anstey
William Dunlop claimed his second victory in the Supersport class at the Ulster Grand Prix after a nip and tuck duel with fellow Honda rider Bruce Anstey.

The pair held a commanding lead over Conor Cummins and Lee Johnston at the end of the fourth lap before the race was red flagged due to a crash involving two riders.

With four laps of the scheduled six-lap distance completed, the race was declared a result based on positions at the end of lap three, giving the quiet Ulsterman victory over Anstey (Padgetts Honda) in the first of the day's two Supersport showdowns.

Northern Irishman Johnston, who is a newcomer to the 7.4-mile Dundrod circuit, was credited with a sensational podium finish on the Millsport Racing Honda in third on the count-back.

Tyco Suzuki's Cummins had to settle for fourth position ahead of team-mate Guy Martin, with Michael Dunlop sixth on the Street Sweep/McAdoo Racing Yamaha.

Isle of Man TT Supersport race winner Michael's chances of joining legendary road racer Phillip McCallen in the history books as the only rider ever to win five races in a day at the Ulster GP have now been thwarted.

The Ballymoney rider earlier won the Superstock race on his Kawasaki ZX-10 and remains a slight favourite for the Superbike races at Dundrod.

Lincolnshire's Gary Johnson, who qualified in second place for the Supersport races on the second of the Padgetts Hondas, failed to start the race after his machine developed problems.

Dunlop moved to the front on lap one on the Wilson Craig Honda and led for the entire duration of the race, with Anstey shadowing his every move as the pair opened up an unassailable lead over their main rivals.

It was clearly a two-horse race and Anstey was preparing to make his move in the closing stages before the red-flag situation saw the event halted.

The victory was Dunlop's second international Supersport win this season after he also stood on the top step at the North West 200 in May.

Two riders were involved in the red-flag incident, but both thankfully escaped serious injury.



Related Pictures

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William Dunlop and Bruce Anstey in Supersport action at the Ulster Grand Prix
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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wildrsv - Unregistered

August 13, 2012 1:33 PM

Great stuff, a 1st and 2nd finish in supersport, just a shame about the mechanical faults on the superbike that happen in both superbikes races. A great day of racing doesn't get any better.



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