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Michael Dunlop reflects on successful 2012 campaign

'I just love racing and it shows my determination – I wasn't going to throw in the towel. I just don't give in - I just keep going' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop has reflected on a golden year in road racing that saw the hard-riding Ulsterman add to his growing list of international achievements.

Dunlop added a third success at the Isle of Man TT to his record with victory in the second Supersport event and finished as the runner-up in the Superstock race to John McGuinness.

The 23-year-old also stood on the top step at the Ulster Grand Prix in the Superbike and Superstock classes and bagged an unrivalled five race victories at the Southern 100.

His exploits in 2012 ultimately earned him a ride in the Honda TT Legends team, when he will ride alongside McGuinness and Michael Rutter on the CBR1000RR Fireblade.

And although Dunlop took time out to cast his mind over an impressive campaign between the hedges last year, the single-minded racer from Ballymoney in County Antrim concedes: “You're only as good as your last race.”

“Winning the Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix meant a lot,” Dunlop said.

“I had a point to prove after falling off in the first race [when battling with Guy Martin] and it says a lot about my own self-belief and spirit that I was able to get back on the bike again and win.

“It showed what I'm made of and nothing fazes me – if I make a mistake I just get back on the job again.

“People talk about the North West, TT and Ulster Grand Prix as the big internationals even though the Southern 100 is an international too.

“They don't really count the Southern as an international feature, but to me, to win at the Southern is a big thing too,” he told the Belfast News Letter.

“Last year the 600 Suzuki I was using at the Southern wasn't the fastest in the world, but I managed to get on top of it and win.




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Lickey - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 7:52 PM

Spoken like a true Dunlop Michael, there are 1000s of fans for the Dunlop boys, Ive tried and mailed Crash to have avote for the best Road Racer, and so far nothing, perhaps its to difficult to do such a thing?? because there is not to much to seperate the real road racers, who knows?? So Cmon Crash, lets have a vote for the best road racer this year!! Thankyou....

KeepHerLit

January 08, 2013 11:55 PM

@Lickey , Lickey, all the road racers are ace guys , it takes gonads of steel to ride between the hedges as fast and as hard as those boys do .Total respect to Mickey D , McPint , Guy Martin and ALL the other riders , true racers and as brave as hell



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