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Dunlop doubles up with victory in Supersport TT

'The bike was mint and all the team put a lot of work in and I'm glad to get the first win for PTR around here' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop maintained his stunning form at the Isle of Man TT with victory in today's first Supersport race.

Dunlop, who boosted his tally of TT victories to four on Sunday as he claimed the Superbike honours – his first Mountain success in the premier class – quickly got down to business as he seized the lead from brother William on lap one.

He edged ahead on his MD Racing Honda, prepared by World Supersport outfit PTR, at Ballaugh and at Ramsey hairpin was 1.5 seconds clear of the Milwaukee Yamaha rider, with Bruce Anstey on the HM Plant/Padgett's Honda in third position.

Dunlop increased his advantage to 4.1 seconds at the end of the opening lap as Anstey moved into second ahead of William Dunlop, with Cameron Donald on the Wilson Craig Honda next.

The Northern Ireland rider continued to turn the screw and stretched away at the front, lapping at 127.525mph on his second lap to seize control.

Dunlop was comfortably ahead of Kiwi Anstey by 10 seconds at Glen Helen on the third lap and led on the roads by the time they reached Ramsey, catching and passing Anstey who started 10 seconds ahead of him at number five.

The 24-year-old managed his lead until the chequered flag at the end of the fourth lap, securing his fifth TT victory to equal the number of Isle of Man wins achieved by his late father Robert.

Anstey was a safe second, while William Dunlop held on for the final place on the rostrum after John McGuinness began to make inroads during the final two laps.

A delighted Dunlop said: “The bike was mint and all the team put a lot of work in and I'm glad to get the first win for PTR around here.

“I wanted to get my head down and prove what I was made of. On those last couple of laps I just made sure the bike was all right.”

Behind McGuinness, James Hillier and Guy Martin were the top six.

Cameron Donald finished in seventh place from the impressive Dean Harrison.



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on the TT Supersport podium with Bruce Anstey and William Dunlop
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop in action at the Armoy Road Races.
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.

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conrod - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 1:14 PM

Congrats to Michael D . Love him or hate him the fact of the matter he does his talking on the track. Keep the feet on the ground and now clean up the rest of your races this week. Your farther would be proud of you as well as uncle Joey.

pp916 - Unregistered

June 04, 2013 2:31 PM

Great ride by Michael, he has really come of age now he's joined the Lgends team. Doesn't even look (quite) as scary as he used to..... But what about that MV Gary Johnson was riding? What a bloodcurdling sound that made on an open pipe, could have been Ago out there! Shame it blew up.....



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