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TT 2016: Dunlop: I came out fighting

'I was a bit peeved over what happened on Wednesday so I put the hammer down and said, 'right, it's time to have a go' and we dug deep' - Michael Dunlop.
Northern Ireland's Michael Dunlop had the final say as the Hawk Racing BMW rider clinched the spoils in the showpiece PokerStars Senior TT after admitting he 'came out fighting'.

Dunlop began the festival in style with a stunning win in the RST Superbike race over Ian Hutchinson, but the 27-year-old then had to play second fiddle to the English rider during race week, who won bot Supersport races and the Superstock event for a repeat of his 2015 hat-rick.

It all boiled down to the blue riband Senior race on Friday and it was Dunlop who stepped up to the mark, shattering his days old outright lap record with a speed of almost 134mph as he won in convincing style to secure his 13th Isle of Man TT win.

The Ulster rider was excluded from the results of Monday's opening Supersport race due to a technical infringement, which the Mar-Train Racing team quickly admitted responsibility for after supplying Dunlop with a motor for the TT.

On Wednesday, questions were raised over the pistons used in Hutchinson's Team Traction Control Yamaha and Dunlop was left feeling aggrieved.

“I came out fighting and I can't thank Stuart enough and Steve [Hicken] because they've worked hard to put a bike below me and it's a family effort,” said Dunlop, who had 31 seconds in hand over Hutchinson after the six-lap showdown.

“Steve worked hard on the bike and they put a good package together and we changed a couple of things in the pit stops – just a couple of clicks here and there.

“I was a bit peeved over what happened on Wednesday so I put the hammer down and said, 'right, it's time to have a go' and we dug deep and away we went,” he added.

“That's the way it goes and we came back fighting and you can't go wrong setting all those records in one race. It's great because it's probably the first time in a long time a private bike has come here and won races, so a big hats-off to Stuart.”



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