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Southern 100: Dunlop on roll as Ulster GP looms

'I'm really comfortable on the big bike and to come away with four wins is great' - Michael Dunlop.
Southern 100 Solo champion Michael Dunlop gained some valuable data from his Hawk Racing BMW as he builds towards the Ulster Grand Prix in August.

The Ulster rider romped to a four-timer on the S1000RR and won the feature Manx Gas Solo Championship race for the third time in commanding style from Silicone Engineering Kawasaki's Dean Harrison.

Dunlop, who will renew his rivalry with Isle of Man TT adversary Ian Hutchinson at Dundrod from August 10-13, ran into some braking issues with the BMW, but the 27-year-old dominated all four Superbike races nonetheless.

“The Solo Championship is the one people come here to win,” said Dunlop, who set his personal best lap of the Billown course at 114.099mph on his way to victory in the feature race.

“I had a good first and second lap, the bike was fantastic. Thanks to Steve, Mark, Tommy and Stuart at home and all of my own sponsors too. I did struggle with the brakes, but it wasn't anything major.

“I haven't rode that bike since the TT and I enjoy riding it. It was good to be back on board and to take the third win.

“When we heard the Senior race was to be re-scheduled we tried something different with the bike – it didn't make the difference, but at least we now know this for future races,” he added.

“I'm really comfortable on the big bike and to come away with four wins is great.”

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Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
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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