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TT 2015: Battered Dunlop second fastest in history

Michael Dunlop set the second fastest TT lap in history on the Buildbase BMW on his way to fifth in the PokerStars Senior race.
Michael Dunlop ended a disappointing Isle of Man TT by his standards with a stunning 132mph lap to leave the Ulsterman as the second fastest ever rider around the Mountain Course.

Dunlop, who ditched the Milwaukee Yamaha to switch back to BMW machinery with the Hawk Racing Build Base team during practice week, finished fifth in the Senior TT but set his best ever lap of 132.515mph on his final circuit to finish with a flourish.

The 11-times TT winner, whose best result was second place in the Superstock race behind Ian Hutchinson, was below his best after a late change of machinery and a crash in the opening RST Superbike races left him facing an uphill struggle.

However, his final lap in the Senior was a timely reminder of his pace and Buildbase team manager Steve Hicken praised the 26-year-old's fighting spirit.

“Michael has shown today what a rider he is. He was really battered after his crash on Sunday but went out and showed he's one of the fastest men around the TT course by setting the second fastest ever lap,” said Hicken.

“It's all really impressive given the last minute nature of this deal and I think it'd have been a completely different story had we not had the incident in the first race.”

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Michael Dunlop on the Buildbase BMW at the Isle of Man TT
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Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
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Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop
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Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
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Michael Dunlop

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June 14, 2015 9:47 PM

frontbrake: I fell that if Michael had a settled week and no crashes he could have been on the top step in the senior. But well done to McPint.
No way man, ur dreaming, Mcguinness was in another league, even with the speed of BMW, he still wouldn't beat McGuinness, 2013 senior comes to mind, Dunlop taught he had 5 in a row, then he got beat by 10 seconds on exact same machinery.
we will see next year take of your (i hate MD ) glasses of for a minute JMG 132,7 on a bike he has been riding all year Md 132.5 and him sore and injured (unfamiliar bike) hutchy was way quicker than MD on sulby speed trap and i don't see you bitching about him clowns like you cant see the wood for the trees


June 15, 2015 1:21 PM

v46r you are a *****!!! MD left honda after 2013 when they gave him a crap bike. Thats why he intimated he was going to ride his own superstock in the senior- look at his ss lap times. The same bike was brought to the ugp pissing oil and petrol and he was expected to go out and compete on it thats why he threw it in the hedge. 2014 he took unknow bikes, set them up and won at the NW and the TT with a fastest ever lap from a standing start- is that easy? 2015 changed bikes a couple of nights before racing- not works bikes like in 2014-not the same bikes as 2014 hence all the changes he had to make. Then he gets knocked of the bike, gets injured and has the problem trying to get himself sorted as well as the bikes and still manages crazy lap speeds. MD in good health, bike sorted will beat anybody round the TT. Hence Kawasaki and BMW wanting his services.

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