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Dunlo dominant in opening North West 200 practice

Michael Dunlop fastest by over seven seconds on his Honda TT Legends Superbike in first North West 200 practice session
Honda TT Legends rider Michael Dunlop was head and shoulders above the opposition as he stormed to the top of the times in the opening Superbike session at the North West 200.

Dunlop clinched the fastest time by a huge 7.6s on his final lap with an average speed for the 8.9-mile course at 118.21mph.

Bruce Anstey was second quickest on the new-look HM Plant/Padgett's Motorcycles Honda at 115mph, with Dean Harrison on the RC Express/MSS Kawasaki in third at 114.15mph.

Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin's best speed of 114.68mph would have given him third position, but he was listed as a non-qualified after failing to post the required five practice laps, managing four in total on his GSX-R1000.

It was a stunning lap by 24-year-old Dunlop, who is having his first roads outing on the Honda Legends Superbike at the North West.

The Superbikes practice session was held in mixed conditions, with parts of the circuit damp and other sections dry.

British Superbike star Josh Brookes impressed on his road racing debut as the Tyco Suzuki rider ended the session fourth fastest with a best lap at 113.87mph.

The top six was completed by William Dunlop on the Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 at 113.80mph and Michael Rutter on the Honda TT Legends machine (113.73mph).

In the Supersport class, Morecambe man McGuinness was fastest at 112mph on the HM Plant/Padgett's Honda from Anstey at 111.49mph with Martin third on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600 (11.24mph).

William Dunlop (111.16mph), Stuart Easton (110.76mph) and Michael Dunlop (110.53mph) rounded out the first half dozen.

Alastair Seeley was dogged by misfortune as he failed to complete any meaningful laps on his Gearlink and MSS Kawasaki machines in the Superbike and Supersport classes.

However, the British Supersport Championship leader made amends in the final session of the day as he seized the initiative in the Superstock class with a lap at 118.05mph to head Michael Dunlop (117.24mph) and McGuinness (117.19mph).

Jeremy McWilliams set the fastest time in the Supertwin class at 104.78mph on the Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki ER6 from team-mate Michael Rutter (104.72mph).



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bigphilsp1 - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 7:24 PM

This guy means business. New generation of Dunlop to the fore. Honda made the right decision to sign this guy.He's the future of road racing and not bad on the track as well as he showed at the Bol'dor.



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