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NW200: Michael Dunlop wins Superbike finale

BMW's Michael Dunlop crowned man of the meeting at the North West 200 after capping memorable day with victory in feature Superbike race
Michael Dunlop covered himself in glory as the BMW rider chalked up a classy victory in the feature Superbike race at the North West 200.

It was the Ulsterman's second win of the day after he won the Superstock event and Dunlop was crowned man of the meeting following his earlier runner-up finishes in the first Superbike showdown and Supertwin race.

The Ballymoney rider fittingly received the Robert Dunlop trophy, which was presented for the first time as the new man of the meeting award in memory of the Ulster road racing legend, who was killed at the event in 2008.

Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes made the running early in the race but was hunted down by Dunlop, who broke the lap record with a speed of 122.50mph as he closed in on the Australian rider and Mar-Train Racing's Alastair Seeley.

Brookes made a mistake at Magherabuoy chicane on the run to Portrush on lap four and lost ground, allowing Dunlop to take up the reins from Seeley.

After missing out on the win in the opening Superbike event to his brother William, Dunlop was determined to bag the spoils in the finale and barring a mistake appeared to have the race sewn up as he opened up a lead of three seconds.

The race had been cut to five laps from seven due to the threat of rain and Dunlop was well on his way to a breakthrough success in the premier class at the North West.

Brookes tried all he could to reel in the leader and set a new outright lap record on his final lap at 122.957mph to cement the runner-up position, with Dunlop winning by three seconds.

Seeley finished on the rostrum in third, followed by Michael Rutter on the Bathams BMW, Guy Martin (Tyco Suzuki) and Honda's Conor Cummins.



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Michael Dunlop celebrates victory in the Superbike race at the North West 200
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Alastair Seeley leads his Tyco BMW team-mate Ian Hutchinson in the Superbike race at the North West 200.
Glenn Irwin won the feature Superbike race at the North West 200.
Honda Racing riders John McGuinness and Guy Martin
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the North West 200.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams BMW at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW at the North West 200.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW at the North West 200.
Guy Martin on the Wilson Craig Honda.
Michael Rutter with Ryan Farquhar and Jeremy McWilliams at the North West 200 in 2012.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Honda FIreblade.
Guy Martin on the 2017 Honda Racing Fireblade SP2
William Dunlop on the Temple Golf Club Yamaha R1.
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Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Fireblade SP2

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Kwack636R

May 18, 2014 4:12 AM

Top job on an unfamiliar bike from Michael there, hope he's got a lot more setup information on it and looking good for the TT now. Also a cracking ride from Josh for a rostum and a new lap record.

bigphilsp12

May 18, 2014 1:38 PM

great job by MickyD. Lots of people on crash don't rate road racers and suggest when they come up against BSB boys etc they have no chance. Here is a guy who can take on all comers on the roads and does not embarrass himself on short circuits either.



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