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Skerries Road Races: Dunlop in Superbike brace

'It wasn't a bad day and it was good to get a run out on my own Superbike again... I managed to get a new lap record, which is always nice' - Michael Dunlop
Isle of Man TT star Michael Dunlop set himself up for this week's Southern 100 with a Superbike double at the Skerries 100 Irish road races at the weekend.

The seven-times TT winner, who set the Island alight with a sensational four-timer last month, twice beat local hero Derek Sheils on his private MD Racing Honda Fireblade.

Dunlop also set a new lap record at 110.373mph in the feature Grand Final Superbike race, held in brilliant sunshine at the popular event near Dublin, held each summer.

He won by 2.5s from Sheils with Davy Morgan third ahead of William Dunlop, who was riding his CD Racing/Milwaukee Yamaha R6.

A beaming Dunlop told the Belfast News Letter: “It wasn't a bad day and it was good to get a run out on my own Superbike again.

“I sat behind Derek in the big race for a while just to analyse things and then I made a move.

“I managed to get a new lap record, which is always nice, but the wee back road wasn't in great shape – it was really dusty and there were stones everywhere.”

Dunlop won the opening Superbike race by over three seconds from Sheils with Michael Pearson grabbing the final podium place.

However, it was William Dunlop who had the upper hand in the Supersport race as the 27-year-old took over the lead of the race from Michael at the half-way point.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider managed to keep his younger sibling ay bay to score by 0.0438s and make amends after he crashed out of the Supersport race at Skerries in 2012, suffering a dislocated shoulder.

The pair are now ready to do battle again at the Southern 100 this week on the Billown circuit, although William is without a Superbike machine after the Milwaukee team opted out of the Southern 100.

He will compete on CD Racing/Milwaukee Yamaha R6 and also plans to contest the smaller capacity classes.

Michael Dunlop is reunited with his Honda TT Legends Fireblade at the Southern, where he renews his rivalry with Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin.

Dunlop is bidding to become the first rider since his uncle Joey to win the feature Solo Championship race three years in succession on Thursday.

Practice gets under way today with final qualifying and the first two races taking place tomorrow.



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