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TT2014: Dunlop reigns supreme in Senior showdown

BMW's Michael Dunlop completes his second Isle of Man TT four-timer with a magnificent ride to his first victory in the feature Senior race over Manxman Conor Cummins
Michael Dunlop stamped his authority on the PokerStars Senior TT to secure the blue riband silverware for the first time.

It was Dunlop's fourth success of the festival as he completed his second four-timer in two years to boost his tally of TT wins to 11, joining Steve Hislop and Phillip McCallen on the roll of honour.

The 25-year-old from Ballymoney in Northern Ireland gave BMW an historic victory in the Senior race, 75 years after Georg Meier's win in the same race on the Mountain Course.

His winning margin in an exhilarating six-lap Senior race was 14 seconds after six laps over Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade, with Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin finishing on the podium in third place.

The 11-time winner set a new lap record for the Senior race at 131.668mph on his second lap.

Dunlop's older brother William was involved in a spill on lap three on the Tyco Suzuki at Graham Memorial and was airlifted to Nobles Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

He 28-year-old was the early leader of the race and was lying in second place at the end of lap two, 7.7 seconds behind his brother Michael as they pulled in for their first pit-stop.

Outright lap record holder Bruce Anstey finished fourth on the Valvoline Padgett's Honda ahead of Quattro Plant Kawasaki's James Hillier, with John McGuinness completing the top six on the second Honda Racing Fireblade.

Bradford's Dean Harrison had been running inside the top six in fifth place when he was a retirement on the RC Express Kawasaki.

Newcomer Peter Hickman became the fastest rookie in TT history with a final lap of 129.104mph on his way to an excellent 11th place on the Ice Valley BMW.

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June 06, 2014 3:44 PM

I listened to the whole race on internet Manx Radio and was pleased to hear Michael's comments in the winners enclosure when he said his prime concern was for his brother and that the media was to blame for the rumours of a feud between them. IIRC, his exact words were "He's my brother, I don't give a shik about anything else". Or maybe he didn't say "shik" ? Roll on TT2015, although with Guy Martin competing at Pike's Peak this year we won't be without excitement.


June 07, 2014 12:19 AM

@ ninja07. I think you will find that M.Dunlop won the 600 in similar fashion ,on a bike that he (like his uncle Joey) prepairs himself, and probably not as good as a lot of the other bikes, so not so sure about any advantage you think he has.

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