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Ulster GP: Michael Dunlop clinches Superstock pole

Michael Dunlop was almost three seconds clear of Dean Harrison as the Ulster rider secured pole position for the Superstock race at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix with a 131.657mph lap
Michael Dunlop will start Saturday's Superstock race at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix on pole position on his MD Racing BMW.

Dunlop, who has six wins to his name at the fastest road race in the world, set the only 131mph lap during final qualifying at Dundrod with a speed of 131.657mph.

The 25-year-old had earlier headed the times at 131.469mph before improving further on his final lap to head up the front row from Dean Harrison on the RC Express Kawasaki, who was almost three seconds behind at 129.769mph.

Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin, seeking a 12th victory at the Ulster GP, was third fastest at 129.605mph.

Lee Johnston on the Pirtek Honda (129.263mph), Louth's Peter Hickman (129.248mph), who is making his debut at Dundrod, and Manx rider Dan Kneen (129.197mph) on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki completed the top six.

New Zealand's Bruce Anstey didn't better his time from Wednesday on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda and the 44-year-old will start from seventh place ahead of Stephen Thompson on the Bathams BMW and Dublin rider Derek Sheils.



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