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Michael Dunlop in Tandragee double

Michael Dunlop warms up for North West 200 with another brace in the Superbike class at the Tandragee 100 Irish national road races
Michael Dunlop followed up his double at the Cookstown 100 Irish national road races with another brace in the Superbike class at the Tandragee 100 on Saturday.

Dunlop only made a late decision on Friday to compete at the event after initially planning to skip the meeting to focus on preparing for the upcoming North West 200 on May 18.

The Honda rider sat out the Supersport race on Saturday but routed the opposition to win both Superbike races on his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.

He won the first race by almost 27 seconds after eight laps of the 5.3-mile circuit in County Armagh, beating Michael Pearson on the Team Hotties BMW S1000RR.

It was a similar story in the main Tandragee 100 Superbike race as Dunlop hit the front on the opening lap of seven and effortlessly pulled away at the front, setting the fastest lap of the day at 108.992mph as he won by 26 seconds from Dublin man Derek Sheils on the CD Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Wayne Kirwan won the Supersport 600 race on the Crossan Yamaha R6 from Pearson, while William Dunlop was a winner in the 250cc race on brother Michael's TSR Honda.

Milwaukee Yamaha rider Dunlop did not compete in the Superbike or Supersport races.

Jamie Hamilton won the Supertwin 650 race on the Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki, with Sam Wilson beating Paul Robinson to win the Moto3/125cc event.

The next roads meeting is the first international showdown of the season at the North West 200, where Michael Dunlop will ride for the Honda TT Legends team alongside John McGuinness and Michael Rutter.



Related Pictures

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Honda TT Legends rider Michael Dunlop
Derek Sheils at the Cookstown 100
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade during a test at Castle Combe.
Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the Tandragee 100
Dan Kneen on the Mar-Train Yamaha
Billy Redmayne.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW.
Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW.
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas leads his Cookstown B.E. Racing team-mate Derek Sheils at the Mid Antrim 150
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.
Gary Johnson, T3 Racing Triumph [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Action from the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superbike at Cartagena in Spain.

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bigphil sp1 - Unregistered

May 07, 2013 12:18 AM

this young man is now getting into a class of his own. He is definately in the mould of his late father and uncle. I look forward to the North West but particularly the TT. Go get them Michael.



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