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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
William Dunlop at the Tandragee 100
Ryan Farquhar and William Dunlop at the Tandragee 100
Ryan Farquhar on the SGS/KMR Kawasaki Superstock machine
William Dunlop on the Tyco BMW
Alastair Seeley on the rostrum at the North West 200
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Cookstown 100
Dean Harrison celebrates with the Mar-Train Racing team after winning the Senior race at the Scarborough Spring Cup meeting
Ivan Lintin during practice for the Lightweight TT in 2014
John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT in 2014
Ian Lougher at the Classic TT in 2014
David Johnson will make his debut at the Classic TT in 2014
Danny Webb in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Connor Behan in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Lee Johnston in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
William Dunlop will ride a rotary Norton at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison will ride for Black Eagle Racing at the 2015 Classic TT
Lee Johnston will ride for Black Eagle Racing at the 2015 Classic TT

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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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