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TT 2016: Dunlop targets 134mph lap, says 135 possible!

'There's definitely more in me and I think 134mph is possible, and maybe even a 135' - Michael Dunlop.
Twelve-time Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop has raised the prospect of a 134mph lap in the blue riband PokerStars Senior race next Friday, even hinting a 135mph record is on the cards.

The Ulster rider pulverised the opposition to win Saturday's RST Superbike race in record-breaking style, shattering John McGuinness's outright lap record from a standing start on the Hawk Racing BMW, blazing around the Mountain Course at 133.369mph for the first ever sub-17 minute lap.

He upped the ante further on lap two with another new absolute record of 133.393mph (16m 58.254s) as he broke clear at the front, eventually beating Tyco BMW's Hutchinson by 19 seconds with third place going to John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade.

Speaking at the post race press conference, Dunlop said he still had plenty left in the tank.

“I had a few issues in final practice and I gave the boys a bit of work to do but I put in two good, steady laps from at the start,” he said.

“133mph from a standing start is pretty good! There's definitely more in me and I think 134mph is possible, and maybe even a 135.

“It's an honour to ride for the team and great to win again, especially with a bike we brought ourselves,” he added.

“If anyone could have seen where the bike was built, no-one would have believed it – it was Stuart's [Hicken] workshop and it's the smallest workshop I've ever seen.

“Stuart said he couldn't give me a factory bike but he'd do his best and that was good enough for me. I can't thank the boys enough.”

Dunlop won the fastest six-lap race in TT history in a time of 1h 44m 14.259s, which was a massive 1m 15.643s inside the previous race record.

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June 05, 2016 8:20 PM

I can't help but think that Michael doesn't give this place respect, and that it's going to bite him. Compare with his uncle, who won races 'as slowly' as he could. Michael's records and wins are mightily impressive, but I'm not sure he fully appreciates the nature of the place. Yes, he's been round it faster than anyone else and you can't take things easy if you're going to win, but the way he talks suggests a gunslinger mentality.

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