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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
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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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.


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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