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Michael Dunlop puts boot into Supertwin machines

'The only race that matters is a big bike win at the TT - that's how you're remembered' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop has launched a scathing attack on the Supertwin class.

The 650cc twin-cylinder machines were last year added to the race programme at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT, but Dunlop doesn't try to mask his dislike of the middleweight bikes.

The class has been pioneered in Ireland by Dunlop's old rival Ryan Farquhar, who won all three international Supertwin races at the NW200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix in 2012.

Dunlop, who won his third TT race last June with victory in the second Supersport race, told the Belfast News Letter: “I'd rather win on any other bike than a Supertwin.

“There's no fun in riding a Supertwin and how any man thinks you could be a hero for winning on one of those things I don't know.

“I lifted the engine of the Supertwin we had last year and it was heavier than the engine I had in my Superbike - that tells you how heavy they are.

“You hear all this stuff about the Supertwins being affordable to run but to be honest it'd be cheaper to run a '600'.

“You're not going to be remembered for winning a Supertwin race,” he added.

“The only race that matters is a big bike win at the TT - that's how you're remembered.”

Dunlop has signed to ride for the Honda TT Legends team in 2013 alongside John McGuinness and Michael Rutter and his main objective is to win the blue riband Senior race on the Mountain Course in June.

“Adrian Archibald retired recently and Adrian has won the Senior TT twice and the Formula One race - his name is on the trophies that every rider wants, so fair play to him,” he said.

“That's how you're measured in this game and that's the one I want to win as well - the Senior TT.

“I've won on a 1000cc Superstock bike at the TT so I've proved I can win big bike races there and I want a proper Superbike win next.”



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on his way to victory in the Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade during a test at Castle Combe.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW.
John McGuinness, Honda Racing [Credit: RAC]
Michael Dunlop, Buildbase BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
2015 Isle of Man TT Races.
Stars of the official launch of the 2016 North West 200
John McGuinness at the start of the Senior TT in 2015.
Jeremy McWilliams on the KMR Kawasaki at the North West 200 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
Victor Cox will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2016.
William Dunlop on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki during pre-season testing at Cartagena in Spain.
Shaun Harris at the Isle of Man TT in 2007.
Josh Daley
Conor Cummins and John McGuinness remain with Honda Racing for 2016

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Sour Grapes - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 12:35 PM

Completely right, no one knows any supertwin riders. Ryan who?... C'mon Michael, don't spit your dummy out just because you're too fat to ride the smaller twins. This is why I prefer William.



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