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Dunlop defeats Martin in 'Legends' showdown at Armoy

Michael Dunlop won the blue riband 'Race of Legends' Superbike event at his home meeting at Armoy for the fifth successive year after defeating old rival Guy Martin.
Northern Ireland's Michael Dunlop reigned supreme in the feature 'Race of Legends' Superbike event at Armoy on Saturday to earn his fifth consecutive win in the flagship race.

Dunlop had to settle for fourth place in the opening Superbike race on his MD Racing BMW behind Tyco BMW pair Guy Martin and William Dunlop and Derek Sheils on the BikeBits NI Kawasaki.

However, the 26-year-old from Ballymoney rose to the occasion in the blue riband race at his home circuit, powering through into the lead after catching and passing Martin before quickly putting the Lincolnshire rider to the sword.

Dunlop went on to win by almost three seconds from Martin, with Dean Harrison completing the rostrum places in a safe third on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha.

It was the perfect result for Dunlop, who will renew his rivalry with Martin plus a host of international road racing's leading names – including the revitalised Ian Hutchinson – at the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod in August.

William Dunlop wrapped up a double in the Supersport races to maintain his unbeaten record at the Irish national meetings this season on the CD-IC Racing Yamaha, stretching his winning streak to eight.

The 30-year-old twice had the edge over Martin, who was riding the TAS Suzuki raced by Alastair Seeley at the North West 200, with Harrison finishing on the podium in third in each race.

Ryan Farquhar set a new lap record in the Supertwins race as the SGS/KMR Kawasaki team boss prevailed from Derek McGee.

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Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
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Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
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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
Gary Johnson
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
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July 27, 2015 9:03 PM
Last Edited 407 days ago

Well I'm not the one that reminds everyone, every single time MD wins that, he won on a stock bike, or was it a Honda 50, I'm not sure!!! If I'm not mistaken, it was Peter Hickman that said the stock bike was a bit more forgiving than the superbike. He said it at this year's TT I believe. Pull your head out man, otherwise I'll vomit..


July 27, 2015 1:53 PM

good win Michael Dunlop again on a stocker against full superbikes. Ok around a tight circuit where riding ability can compensate for speed but will not be enough at the Ulster GP, the fastest pure road race in the world.Will need to get himself a superbike on power with the other top guys if he wants to be competitive.

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