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Dunlop on pole for Superbike races at North West 200

Honda TT Legends rider Michael Dunlop will start from pole position in both Superbike races on Saturday at the North West 200 international road races in Northern Ireland
Michael Dunlop will start Saturday's two Superbike races at the Vauxhall International North West 200 in pole position as the Honda TT Legends rider chases his maiden four-stroke victory at the prestigious Ulster road race.

His fastest lap from Tuesday's practice session of 118.211mph gave the Ballymoney man the number one position on the grid on his Fireblade after bad weather blighted final qualifying today.

Dunlop was also fastest in the wet conditions with the only 110mph of the 8.9-mile circuit this afternoon.

Kiwi Bruce Anstey on the HM Plant/Padgett's Honda starts alongside him on the front row with Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin next.

Bradford's Dean Harrison secured a brilliant fourth place on the RC Express/MSS Kawasaki.

The wet conditions mean that British Superbike star and event newcomer Josh Brookes starts from fifth following an impressive lap at 113.873mph, achieved during Tuesday's drier conditions.

Milwaukee Yamaha's William Dunlop and Michael Rutter on the Honda TT Legends machine are next in the premier class, followed by Cameron Donald in eighth on Wilson Craig's Honda and John McGuinness (Honda TT Legends), who won the opening Superbike race at the North West 200 in 2012.

The poor weather meant that pre-race favourite Alastair Seeley was unable to secure a prominent grid slot after his MSS Kawasaki seized on Tuesday.

The British Supersport Championship leader will start from the second row in Group B and faces an uphill task to challenge the leaders.

The Supersport session was abandoned after approximately 20 minutes as heavy rain resulted in standing surface water.

Yet again, Tuesday's times will determine the grid formation for the 600cc races with McGuinness taking pole on his HM Plant/Padgett's Honda from team-mate Anstey and Tyco Suzuki's Martin.

William Dunlop on the Milwaukee/CD Racing Yamaha, Stuart Easton (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) and Michael Dunlop are the top six.

The first Supersport, Superstock and Supertwin races take place on the coastal roads circuit this evening from 6pm.



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