RR »

Michael Dunlop wins the rain-hit opening Southern 100 race

Michael Dunlop is celebrating after taking his first Southern 100 win at the end of a tough race in challenging conditions on the Isle of Man's Billown course.
The Total Oil Senior race – the first of the 2010 Southern 100 schedule - went to Michael Dunlop after he managed to hold off veteran Ian Lougher for five laps and secure victory by just four seconds.

Dunlop had announced his intentions by dominating both 1000cc practice sessions on Monday, held in perfect conditions, and the Tuesday evening practice session, where he was seven seconds ahead of his nearest rival despite a wet track, driving rain and strong winds.

Dunlop and Lougher were in a class of their own, the Ulster-based Welshman losing time to his young rival in the early stages, but clawing back some of the deficit as the laps unfolded.

As the machines crossed the line at the end of six laps of the 4.25-mile road course, Dunlop's Honda held a 5 second advantage over Lougher's Blackhorse Kawasaki. However, there was surprise when Ryan Farquhar, who had held third throughout on his KMR Kawasaki, failed to complete the lap and OTSS Racing Kawasaki-mounted Mark Buckley was recorded home in third.

It turned out Michael Pearson, one of the stars of practice, had come off his Morrell Kawasaki at Ballakeighan on the final lap, bringing out the red flag. Pearson was reported to be okay after the off.

Organisers issued revised results, taken at the end of lap five, which reinstated Farquhar in third, more than 25 seconds down on second-placed Lougher, who trailed Dunlop by just over four seconds.

Buckley secured fourth, followed by James McBride and TAS Suzuki star Cameron Donald, making his first appearance at the Southern 100 since his victorious debut in 2006.

With weather conditions deteriorating it was decided to abandon the evening's second race, for 600cc machines. It is now planned for that race to go ahead over six laps at the end of this evening's race schedule of four six-lap races.

Michael Dunlop again starts as favourite after leading all three 600cc practice sessions on his Yamaha, including the rain-hit session before Tuesday's Senior race – when he headed Pearson by 3 seconds with a best speed of 96.188mph on the wet course.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Dunlop masters the wet conditions to claim victory in the Total Oils Senior Race at the 2010 Southern 100 (Alan Armstrong)
Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzuki
Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzuki
Michael Dunlop (Superbike) at Southern 100 (Pic: apex-photos.com)
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
Michael Rutter on the Smiths Triumph
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop lines up at the start of the second Supersport TT race
Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
Michael Dunlop on the MD Racing BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison and Bruce Anstey on the Superstock TT rostrum
Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey - 2014 Superstock TT (Apex-photos.com)
Michael Dunlop celebrates victory in the Superbike TT
Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin and Conor Cummins on the Superbike TT podium
Michael Dunlop starts the Superbike TT

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.