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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
Guy Martin in action at Scarborough
Ivan Lintin during practice for the Lightweight TT in 2014
Guy Martin testing the Tyco BMW at Almeria in Spain
John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT in 2014
Ian Lougher at the Classic TT in 2014
Tyco BMW rider Guy Martin
David Johnson will make his debut at the Classic TT in 2014
Danny Webb in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Connor Behan in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Lee Johnston in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
William Dunlop will ride a rotary Norton at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison will ride for Black Eagle Racing at the 2015 Classic TT
Lee Johnston will ride for Black Eagle Racing at the 2015 Classic TT
Gary Johnson leads Alastair Seeley and Bruce Anstey at the North West 200
Cameron Donald will again ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2015
Mugen riders John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Robbin Harms and Isle of Man TT rider liaison officer Richard Quayle on the TT circuit

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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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