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TT 2016: Dunlop in 131mph blast to top Superbike summit

Eleven-time Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop has set the first 131mph lap of practice week to head the Superbike charts on the Hawk Racing BMW.
Isle of Man TT titan Michael Dunlop made up for lost time as the Northern Ireland rider scaled the Superbike summit during Wednesday practice with a searing lap of 131.574mph.

Dunlop had missed Superbike practice on Tuesday evening after his Hawk Racing BMW developed a problem on his first lap.

However, the 27-year-old made amends on the S1000RR to shoot to the top of the times on Wednesday evening to snatch the top spot away from Tyco BMW's Ian Hutchinson, who lapped at 130.691mph.

Yorkshireman Hutchinson actually lapped faster on his Superstock machine with a blistering speed of 130.745mph as the 11-time winner continues to show impressive form this week.

Behind Dunlop and Hutchinson, Mountain king John McGuinness produced his first 130mph lap of TT 2016 on the Honda Racing Fireblade, clocking a speed of 130.497mph as he finished ahead of team-mate Conor Cummins (129.764mph).

Dean Harrison, who is back on Kawasaki machinery this year after riding for Ulster's Mar-Train Yamaha team in 2015, slotted into fifth on the Superbike time sheets at 129.742mph, followed by Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW (129.163mph).

Flying Kiwi Bruce Anstey was solid again on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda RC213V-S, posting two laps and setting his quickest time from a standing start of 128.833mph.

Two nights of practice remain ahead of Saturday's six-lap RST Superbike race, which was won last year by Anstey, who was celebrating his first victory in the class.



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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