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Michael Dunlop reigns in second Superbike thriller

Ulster GP double for Michael Dunlop after Northern Ireland hero makes amends for race one error by tasting glory in final Superbike event
Michael Dunlop made up for the disappointment of his crash in the main Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race as he outfought Guy Martin in a blistering race two.

Dunlop and Martin squared off in a thrilling climax to the final race of the international meeting, which went right down to the wire.

Ulsterman Dunlop, who won the Superstock race at the beginning of the day, slipped off at the hairpin in the feature event when battling with Tyco Suzuki man Martin on the final lap.

But he made no such mistake next time out.

Dunlop and Martin had the race to themselves as they forged ahead of Gary Johnson and Conor Cummins.

They were locked in a furious duel in the final three laps, with each man taking their turn in the lead as they dictated the pace.

The race was delicately poised heading onto the final lap of six, with Dunlop leading at the spectacular Deer's Leap section of the Dundrod course – the fastest road racing circuit in the world.

Dunlop ran wide on the exit of Joey's Windmill on his McAdoo Honda, allowing Martin to squeeze through into the lead.

But Dunlop was determined to make amends for his earlier error and he pounced on the run to the hairpin.

Martin tried all he could to find a way through on the fast final blast to the line, but Dunlop had every avenue covered and crossed the line to the biggest cheer of the day.

Manx rider Cummins reeled in Gary Johnson to snatch third position, with Ryan Farquhar on the KMR Kawasaki taking fifth.

Michael Pearson completed the top six.

Dunlop also set the fastest lap of the race at 133.435mph as he completed his fifth Ulster GP victory.



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on his Kawasaki ZX-10R in the Superstock TT race
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.
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.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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nigtorious - Unregistered

August 12, 2012 1:50 AM

I would love to see M.Dunlop win the superbike race but I was at the hairpin today and to be honest he pushed Guy Martin so wide it was either crash or give in .So Maverick you won .I won,t say well done this time.Guy your comments on the podium were very easy going for someone who had just been robbed of a victory.SUFTUM

Tas Man - Unregistered

August 12, 2012 10:58 PM

If Michael would keep a calm head this season he could be up for a ride next year with theTas team. He would be a good partner for Guy ! I am not a great fan, but he always up for it even if the bikes let him down !



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