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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
Lee Johnston in action at the Ulster Grand Prix
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas in action in the Senior Manx Grand Prix
Billy Redmayne, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Rob Hodson on the podium after the Junior Manx Grand Prix
Michael Rutter celebrates winning the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar were the top three in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT
Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda at the Classic TT
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Honda
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
Picture courtesy of Motorcycle News
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Dennis Hoffer at the Manx Grand Prix

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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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