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Scarborough Gold Cup: Dunlop stuns Guy Martin with Gold Cup triumph

'There was talk from Guy and TAS about how they beat me in my backyard at the Ulster Grand Prix, so I just went over there and returned the favour' - Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop had the final say in his season-long rivalry with Guy Martin after the Northern Ireland star lifted the coveted Gold Cup at Scarborough on Sunday.

Dunlop breezed home to clinch the blue riband race by over 11 seconds on his MD Racing Honda from Lincolnshire's Martin on the factory Tyco Suzuki, winning the prestigious silverware for the first time.

The seven-time Isle of Man TT winner also became the first member of his famous racing family to win the Gold Cup, capping a memorable season for the 24-year-old.

Dunlop told the Belfast News Letter the victory at one of Martin's favourite venues had given him a great deal of satisfaction after the English rider had stolen the show at the Ulster Grand Prix in August with a treble.

“There was talk from Guy and TAS about how they beat me in my backyard at the Ulster Grand Prix, so I just went over there and returned the favour,” he said.

“That was the big one and I won it, so that's really all that mattered. It's a big thing to be involved in and it's good for me to have my name on there because I'm the only Dunlop ever to have managed it.”

John McGuinness had led the race on the Padgett's HM Plant Honda until he was caught out on the exit of the Mere hairpin in the wet conditions, crashing out of contention unhurt.

Dunlop went on to win comfortably with Martin missing out on the chance to lift the Gold Cup for the ninth time.

Ryan Farquhar is the only other rider from Northern Ireland to triumph in the English showpiece, taking victory in 2011.

Dunlop can reflect on a stunning year during which he won four Isle of Man TT races in a week, including a dream Superbike victory on the Honda TT Legends Fireblade.

He also claimed victory in the Supersport class as the weather-hit North West 200 and stood on the top step in the Superstock class at the Ulster Grand Prix.

The young Ballymoney man was also successful at the Southern 100 and finished the Irish road racing season unbeaten in the Superbike class.

Dunlop's final event this year will be this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance World Championship race in France, when he re-joins the Honda TT Legends team for the iconic race.



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Michael Dunlop
Bruce Anstey is set to ride a Honda RC213V-S at the Isle of Man TT
Ryan Farquhar with his wife Karen in the Royal Victoria Hospital
Conor Cummins will race for Padgett`s Honda in the Supersport and Superstock races at the Isle of Man TT.
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens Triumph at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter in action at the North West 200
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW in the Superstock race at the North West 200
Jeremy McWilliams on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the North West 200
Ivan Lintin on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki at the North West 200
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas
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Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the North West 200
Ryan Farquhar and Dan Cooper at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley celebrates winning his 16th North West 200 in the Supersport race from Ian Hutchinson and Martin Jessopp.

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RaceCrafter

September 17, 2013 2:18 PM

lol tetley he already is a works honda rider. He rides for the Honda TT legends at isle of man tt, and some world endurance rounds. Most of the time he rides a privately funded MD racing hondas such as at this race. Stoked he beat factory suzukis on effectively privateer machinery, well done MD!



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