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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
Michael Dunlop (Superbike) at Southern 100 (Pic: apex-photos.com)
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
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop lines up at the start of the second Supersport TT race
John McGuinness on the Mugen Shiden in the TT Zero race
Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
John McGuinness on the Mugen machine at the Isle of Man TT

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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



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