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Michael Dunlop reflects on successful 2012 campaign

“I retained my title in the Solo Championship race as well and that win is right up there because Guy Martin was there - they were all there.

“The Southern proved a lot of things too because Ryan [Farquhar] had beat me at Skerries and there was a lot of talk about this and that, but I went to a real man's circuit at the Southern and became the first rider ever to win five races – that's what you call a five-timer.”

Dunlop also took great satisfaction in his Supersport triumph at the TT last June after he was denied what looked like certain victory in the opening 600cc event after being forced to retire due to mechanical trouble.

“I was really deflated at the TT after I had to retire from the first 600 race, but I came back bigger and stronger for the second Supersport race.

“I saw that Cameron [Donald] had closed a bit on me in the race after the pit-stops but I knew I could pull the pin and I put in some hard miles,” he recalled.

“The next signal I saw I was 'P1 - +14 seconds' or something so I had stretched the gap out from about five seconds.

“Every race I won last year took hard work to get there and it was never plain sailing, but they all meant a lot to me.”

He also singled out a typically gritty performance in the Ulster Grand Prix Superstock race as another standout moment from 2012.

“When you look at the Superstock race at the Ulster Grand Prix, I had a bad start and fell way back.

“Before I knew it I had closed them in again, but then we had some problems with the bike when the side panel came off. I just ripped it off and then closed the gap again and I managed to win it,” he said.

“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,” added Dunlop.

“But you're only as good as your last race and I'm excited about this year now. Obviously people are talking about me and John [McGuinness] going at it at the TT.

“I'm excited to see what I can do on a proper superbike at the TT myself.”




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Michael Dunlop on his way to victory in the Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT
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Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop testing his new BMW S1000RR Superbike at Mallory Park
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Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda
Stuart Easton on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Stuart Easton on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Peter Hickman
John McGuinness
Cameron Donald
John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT in 2013
William Dunlop tests the Tyco Suzuki Superbike at Cartagena in Spain
William Dunlop testing the Tyco Suzuki at Cartagena in Spain
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Dan Hegarty on the Norton SG2 at the Isle of Man TT

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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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