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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.



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Michael Dunlop on his Kawasaki ZX-10R in the Superstock TT race
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Bruce Anstey is set to ride a Honda RC213V-S at the Isle of Man TT
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Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the North West 200.
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW.
Michael Dunlop, Buildbase BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
2015 Isle of Man TT Races.
John McGuinness at the start of the Senior TT in 2015.
Action from the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix
Lee Johnston will ride for Sarolea Racing in the TT Zero race.
Gary Johnson will ride the T3 Triumph at the 2016 Isle of Man TT.
Seamus Elliott

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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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