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Dunlop denied glorious debut for Tyco Suzuki

William Dunlop takes chequered flag in feature Superbike race at Cookstown 100 but Tyco Suzuki star beaten on corrected time by Manx newcomer Dan Kneen
William Dunlop was denied victory on his debut for Tyco Suzuki at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 on Saturday, losing out to circuit newcomer Dan Kneen by three tenths of a second in the feature Superbike race.

Kneen came through to win from the second group on corrected time after qualifying in 11th position on the Cookstown/BE Racing Suzuki to deny Dunlop a win on his debut for the leading international road racing team in the opening Irish national meeting of the season.

Dunlop, who took the chequered flag only to learn that Kneen had been declared the winner, spoke of his disappointment afterwards.

“I'm obviously disappointed to lose out on a race win that I felt I had well covered. When you take the chequered flag you expect to be the race winner, but I'm not a bad loser and rules are rules whether you agree with them or not,” he said.

“The boys have worked really hard this past few weeks to help me feel comfortable in the team and on all machinery with the various set-ups, so I was gutted not to be able to give them the Cookstown 100 feature Superbike race win.”

Derek McGee finished on the rostrum in third position on his Kawasaki ZX-10R after an impressive weekend for the Irish rider.

Dunlop finished third in the opening Supersport race behind Derek Sheils and McGee and also earned a rostrum finish in the first Superbike event behind CD Racing rider Sheils, with McGee taking the runner-up spot.

TAS Racing team principal, Philip Neill, said an 'out-dated timing system' denied his rider a victorious debut for the team.

“Two podiums in both the opening Supersport and Superbike races was a great start and in all fairness he won the feature Superbike race on track,” said Neill.

“Unfortunately we have a strange system in Ireland, with a rider in the second group being afforded the opportunity to win on corrected time.

“Overall we are very pleased with William's performance this weekend but it is a real shame he had to be denied his first ever Superbike victory for us by an out-dated racing system that surely has no place in modern racing.”

Michael Dunlop, making his debut on his MD Racing BMW Superstock machine, retired from both Superbike races.

However, the seven-time Isle of Man TT winner won the second Supersport race on Saturday as he fought his way through to the front from fourth place in the closing stages.

Dunlop took the win from McGee and Sheils, with William Dunlop finishing fourth.

The Ballymoney rider injured his arm following a crash on the Buildbase BMW during qualifying for the MCE British Superbike round at Brands Hatch and was riding through the pain barrier at the weekend.

It didn't stop him from securing a brace though, as Dunlop also won the Supertwin race on the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki from James Cowton and Jamie Hamilton.

The Irish national road racing season is off and running and continues next Saturday with the Tandragee 100 meeting, where Ryan Farquhar and Keith Amor are among the entries.

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May 01, 2014 8:29 PM

Here we go again, TAS Racing moaning about corrected time. They are a well established professional team and the rules are the same for everyone, but every time they lose on corrected time they whine about it. Same last year at the NW200.

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