31 March 2014
Dunlop targets 130mph Supersport lap at Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop feels a 130mph lap is possible in the Supersport races at this year's Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop has set his sights on a staggering 130mph lap in the Monster Energy Supersport races at this year's Isle of Man TT.
Dunlop is the current lap record holder, setting a new benchmark on his way to victory in the second Supersport race last year at 128.666mph on his MD Racing Honda.
However, the 25-year-old feels a 130mph lap of the 37.73-mile Mountain Course is achievable in June.
The starting order for the Supersport class has now been confirmed by the TT organisers, with Dunlop carrying the same number six plate which adorned his Honda machines last year as he won four solo races in the same week.
“I've proved I can win TT's on a Supersport bike and I've also got the lap and race records. But what I really want is to be the first person to lap at over 130mph on a 600cc bike and I think it is within my reach,” said Dunlop.
“I need to take about 11 seconds off my best lap, which is a big ask. But my bike is going to be stronger this year and when I set the lap record I made a few little mistakes and lost quite a lot of time. So I know it is possible, it's just about putting that perfect lap.”
Honda riders John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey will line up as team-mates for Padgetts Motorcycles at numbers one and five respectively, with four-time Supersport race winner Ian Hutchinson at number three on the Milwaukee Yamaha R6.
MCE British Superbike star Josh Brookes goes at number 14 on the second of the Milwaukee Yamaha machines as the Aussie makes his second competitive appearance at the event following his debut in 2013.
Tyco Suzuki riders Guy Martin and William Dunlop will again resume their challenge with the number four and eight plates respectively, while Gary Johnson sets off at number seven on the Smiths Triumph.
The 2011 Supersport winner's team-mate, Michael Rutter, goes at 15 on the second of the Smiths Triumph machines.
Scotsman Keith Amor (9) makes his racing return this year, while James Hillier will again be Kawasaki's main hope (2).
Manxman Conor Cummins, riding a Jackson Racing Honda, sets off from his regular number 10 slot.
As with the 1000cc class, Dan Stewart, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston take numbers 11-13, while David Johnson and Dan Kneen stay at numbers 16 and 17 respectively.
Jamie Hamilton on Wilson Craig's Honda, Dan Cooper and Robert Wilson are the final seeded riders, completing the top 20.
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