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TT2104: Dunlop sets fastest Supersport time of week

Michael Dunlop blasts to top of Supersport leaderboard with 124.53mph lap on troubled night of practice at Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop headed the Supersport times during Thursday's practice at the Isle of Man TT times.

The Ulsterman set the fastest time of the week in the class with a speed of 124.53mph on a problematic night.

With wet roads on the Mountain, the Sidecars went out first and the session was red-flagged shortly before 7pm as a result of a civilian medical emergency. The session was re-started again at 7.15pm with stationary yellow flags being displayed on the Mountain, although an incident was reported at the end of the session on the run to Ramsey, resulting in a further delay to the beginning of the solo practice.

The crew involved was airlifted to Nobles Hospital with the passenger sustaining minor injuries and the driver suffering back injuries.

No Superbike practice was held as a result of conditions on the Mountain section.

Behind Dunlop, Dean Harrison was second fastest at 123.886mph with the top three completed by Tyco Suzuki's William Dunlop, who lapped at 122.978mph.

Bruce Anstey on the Valvoline Padgett's Honda was next at 122.290mph followed by Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes (122.011mph) and Conor Cummins on the Jackson Racing Honda (120.669mph).

In the Lightweight session, Keith Amor led the way at 116.20mph on the KMR SGS International Kawasaki followed by team owner Ryan Farquhar at 115.593mph. Ballyclare's Jamie Hamilton completed the top three on Stewart Smith's Kawasaki at 114.212mph.

Meanwhile, Michael Dunlop confirmed that he has changed tyre manufacturer and will switch back to Dunlop rubber in this year's Isle of Man TT races.

Dunlop has competed this season using Metzeler tyres since his move to BMW but has opted to revert back to his favoured Dunlops as he bids to add to his tally of seven TT wins.

The 25-year-old will run Dunlop tyres on his factory-backed BMW Motorrad S1000RR Superbike and MD Racing BMW Superstock machine, plus his Honda CBR600RR Supersport and Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin bikes.

Jason Dee, manager, Dunlop Motorcycle Race Europe, said: “Last year, Dunlop-equipped riders claimed 14 of 15 possible podiums at the TT and we are delighted to welcome Michael 'back home'.”

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Michael Dunlop on his Supersport Honda at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop in action at the Armoy Road Races.
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100

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