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Dunlop ends Irish season with double at Killalane

Michael Dunlop wins both Superbike races as Killalane brings the curtain down on the 2015 Irish National road racing season.
Michael Dunlop ended the Irish road racing season with a double in the Superbike class at Killalane on Sunday.

The 26-year-old is a regular at the 3.6-mile course near Dublin, which is the home circuit of one of Dunlop's key sponsors, Gary Ryan.

Dunlop was back on the top step on the Mountain Course after winning the Formula 1 race on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT in August and maintained his fine form by dominating the feature class at Killalane, which traditionally brings the curtain down on the National road racing season in Ireland.

Riding his BMW S1000RR Superstock machine, Dunlop opened his account with a comfortable win in the Open Superbike race by five seconds from local favourite Derek Sheils, with William Dunlop completing the rostrum places on the Tyco BMW to clinch the Superbike Championship title.

The elder of the Dunlop brothers also won the Irish National road racing Supersport title earlier in the season on the Chris Dowd/Ivan Curran Racing Yamaha to make it a championship double.

In the showpiece race of the day, the Grand Final Superbike event, Dunlop was made to work harder in the early stages of the race as Sheils set the pace on his Kawasaki ZX-10R.

However, the Irish rider was forced out with a machine problem as he held a narrow lead of less than half-a-second over Dunlop, leaving the 11-times TT winner clear at the front.

Dunlop coasted home with more than 12 seconds in hand over Derek McGee, who sealed the runner-up ahead of William Dunlop, who also secured a double on Sunday.

The 30-year-old maintained his stunning form in the Supersport class, winning both races on the YZF-R6 to end the Irish National season unbeaten.

Dunlop won the first race by 1.5 seconds from Derek McGee and Seamus Elliott and completed a brace in the second outing, taking victory by 0.9 seconds over Elliott with McGee third on this occasion.

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September 08, 2015 12:41 PM

this guy has proved his talent time and again. I know he likes his own team etc but if he wants to be consistent and break records he needs to settle down and get into a good team which will give him the tools for the job. A good example to him is Johnny Rea, his fellow countryman.


September 20, 2015 2:39 AM

Michael Dunlop is very like his uncle Joey and to a degree his father in that he just wants to do his own thing and work on his bikes. I believe he finds it difficult to fit in to a team and feels more comfordable with his own team.

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