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Dunlop sets his best ever lap on Superbike at TT

Michael Dunlop topped the Superbike times at the Isle of Man TT on his Honda Legends Fireblade ahead of tomorrow's eagerly anticipated six-lap contest
Northern Ireland's Michael Dunlop topped the Superbike times at the Isle of Man TT ahead of tomorrow's six-lap showdown on the Mountain circuit.

The Honda TT Legends rider set his best ever lap of the 37.73-mile circuit at 130.89mph to soar to the top of the charts from team-mate John McGuinness, who lapped at 130.106mph today.

Dunlop's lap raises the prospect of a potential thriller between the three-times TT winner and McGuinness, who is bidding for a 20th TT victory.

The Superbike TT was postponed by a day to allow extra qualifying after practice week was hit by poor weather.

The pair were the only riders to clock 130mph laps during practice week, taking the top two fastest times with Gary Johnson third quickest today on his Honda Fireblade at 129.61mph followed by Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin (128.68mph).

Michael Rutter on a third Honda TT Legends machine was next at 128.63mph.

Manx rider Conor Cummins was fastest through the speed trap at Sulby on his Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 at 193.4mph, with team-mate William Dunlop second quickest at 191.7mph.

Michael Dunlop also headed the times in the Supersport class on his MD Racing Honda at 125.15mph with McGuinness second fastest on the HM Plant/Padgett's Honda at 124.18mph from his Padgett's team-mate Bruce Anstey (124.08mph).

William Dunlop was third fastest on the Milwaukee Yamaha R6 at 124mph.

Martin led the Superstock times at 127.023mph following from Rutter on the Bathams Honda at 125.25mph, Johnson (124.09mph) and McGuinness (124.02mph).

In the Lightweight Supertwin class, James Hillier set the fastest speed of the week on his Kawasaki at 115.66mph to take the top spot from Rutter on the Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki (115.21mph), Ivan Lintin (114.34mph) and the impressive Jamie Hamilton on another of Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki machines at 114.06mph.

Michael Dunlop completed one lap on the McAdoo Kawasaki ER6 at 113.39mph.



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on the Honda TT Legends Fireblade
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.

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