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Michael Dunlop seals Superbike double at Armoy

'I was backing it in everywhere and getting plenty of big slides, so I was really enjoying it' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop won the feature 'Race of Legends' finale at the Armoy Irish national road races as the seven-time Isle of Man TT winner counts down to next month's Ulster Grand Prix.

Dunlop, who won four races in a week at the TT in June, wrapped up a Superbike double on his MD Racing Honda Fireblade, beating Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin in the Open race by 5.5s before taking the chequered flag with seven seconds in hand over brother William on the Milwaukee Yamaha R1 in the blue riband Superbike event at his home meeting.

The 24-year-old, who will be reunited with his Superbike TT-winning Honda TT Legends Fireblade at the Ulster Grand Prix on August 17 at Dundrod, also shattered his old lap record as he pushed the outright speed for the three-mile country roads circuit up to 106.812mph in glorious sunshine in front of a huge crowd.

“It was a good day all round and it was nice to get the lap record,” said Dunlop.

“I tried a different tyre for the big race of the day but it was really sliding about and I wasn't able to go any faster, but I was backing it in everywhere and getting plenty of big slides, so I was really enjoying it.

“The organisers put on a great show and it was a credit to them.”

Dunlop was denied a treble after brother William powered the CD Racing Yamaha R6 to a narrow victory by 0.6s in the Supersport race.

Michael did, however, have the consolation of setting a new lap record for the class on his way to the runner-up spot with Guy Martin finishing some distance behind in third.

Lincolnshire man Martin claimed second place in the opening Superbike race at Armoy on the GSX-R1000 but a mistake at the start of the feature race caused him to drop to the rear of the first group.

He battled back to eventually finish fourth behind Michael and William Dunlop and Irish rider Derek Sheils.

The Irish road racing scene continues this weekend with the Mid-Antrim 150 meeting, which is the final race prior to the prestigious Ulster Grand Prix in August.

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July 29, 2013 2:19 AM

some of the best racing in the world yet no tv coverage whatsoever. i can watch endless repeats of dads army or other tosh on numerous ridiculous channels but no road racing apart from the tt. poor show.

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