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Southern 100: Dunlop denies Martin in thrilling finish

Michael Dunlop returned to winning ways on the MD Racing BMW with a narrow victory over Tyco BMW's Guy Martin in the Corlett's Trophies 600/1000 race at the Southern 100.
Michael Dunlop returned to winning ways at the Diamond Jubilee Southern 100 with a last-gasp victory in the Corlett's Trophies 600/1000 race.

Dunlop, who is riding the new 2015 version of the BMW S1000RR Superstock machine at Billown, outgunned Tyco BMW's Guy Martin on the run to the line in a dramatic finish to win by only 0.08 seconds.

Third place went to Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha R1.

Dunlop, whose Isle of Man TT hopes were hampered after a crash during the Superbike race left him battered and bruised for the remainder of race week, said: “We're getting there with the bike and we've still some bits and pieces to go, but to win around here on a Superstock bike is pretty cool.

“I'm still not up to strength yet but the bike is working really well and between the Motorrad boys, my own team and Stuart Hicken's Buildbase team we've put a good package together.

“We're going in the right direction and I've found a problem with the bike, so whether or not we can start the Grand Final [Solo Championship] I don't know.”

Runner-up Martin, who was denied a double by Dunlop after winning the Senior Race on Tuesday, said: “It was steady away, steady away. I had a bit of a battle with Dan Kneen and once I got away I tried to make a break but they were coming past in all shapes.

“I was leading coming out of the last corner and Michael got me on the run to the line so fair play.”

Martin took the lead but Dan Kneen took over at Cross Four-Ways on the first lap with Dunlop holding third.

Manx rider Kneen continued to lead the way from Martin and Dunlop until lap three, with the Tyco BMW eventually finding a way past. Dunlop held third ahead of Harrison and Ivan Lintin with less than two seconds covering the top five in a frantic start to the race.

Kneen, though, was back in front at Cross Four-Ways on lap four on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda while Harrison slotted into third after making a pass on Dunlop on the brakes.

The lead changed hands again on lap five with Martin back in control, while Dunlop was snapping at the heels of Kneen after re-taking third from Harrison.

Martin set the fastest lap of the race at 113.147mph but Dunlop achieved a new lap record for the race at 113.512mph on the penultimate lap as he stormed into second place, with the front two beginning to drop Harrison in third, who had edged ahead of Kneen.

Lincolnshire rider Martin still held the advantage on the final lap at Cross Four-Ways but Dunlop gained a better exit from the final corner and pounced to clinch victory on the line, with Harrison a safe third ahead of Kneen.

Lintin and Russ Mountford rounded out the top six positions.

Seamus Elliott won the concurrently run 600cc race from James Cowton, with Colin Stephenson third.

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Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing BMW 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.
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.
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.

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July 09, 2015 4:13 PM
Last Edited 2 days ago

Did I once say no one else could ride a bike besides MD?-NO! What I did say was deal with facts. Eight wins in two consecutive years. Wins on four different types of bikes, wins at the NW, UGP, Southern 100 as well as several wins at local short circuits. Fastest man from a standing start round the TT and second fastest man in history to lap the TT course (while injured) and all at his age.I'm not surprised he won nothing at the 2015 TT considering the circumstances as I have previously posted. EDIT by CRASH.NET - insult to another poster removed. Keep the discussion civil, please.

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