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NW200: Dunlop: I wasn't going to give it away

William Dunlop excited by TT prospects after dramatic maiden Superbike success at North West 200
Tyco Suzuki's William Dunlop snatched his first international Superbike victory with a perfectly-timed pass on the brakes at the North West 200.

Dunlop had lost the lead to his younger brother Michael on the final lap but slipped through at Juniper chicane to claim a popular victory on the GSX-R1000.

The 28-year-old crossed the line with only half-a-second in hand over Michael in a thrilling Superbike opener, which was held in wet conditions.

“It was a difficult day for everyone with the conditions, but I'm delighted to take my first international Superbike win with Tyco Suzuki,” he said.

“I only saw Michael on that last lap when I looked over my shoulder and did think, 'oh well that's it' but the team and myself have put in too much hard work just to give it away.

“He left me a gap into the Juniper chicane and wasn't as strong as I expected to be on the brakes. I had to take the tight line into the chicane but we made it through and kept it strong to the line,” added Dunlop.

“I can't thank the Tyco Suzuki team enough for their efforts so far this season. They have really given me first class attention. Now I'm looking forward to the TT more than ever.”

William finished seventh in Saturday's Supersport race and 11th in the feature Superbike event, which was won by his brother Michael on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR.

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May 20, 2014 11:56 AM

GREAT to see William get a Superbike win. Especially in such fast and determined company. I was very disappointed with his brother Michael's attitude and comments to William after the race, even interrupting William's winners interview to mutter harsh words to him. A smile and a "well done" would have been appropriate and much more acceptable.


May 21, 2014 6:24 PM

never been a big follower of william but good to see someone put in the work and get the result. was a hard race for all. what a prat michael made of himself a dirty rider himself just couldn't take it he got beat by a better man on the day.

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