Chasers wing it but Dunlop has 11 in hand
Ian Pattinson has a close shave with a blackbird at Union Mills during this week's Supersport TT on the Isle of Man.
But there was only one name on the lips of road racing aficionados on the island this week: Michael Dunlop.
Dunlop won yesterday's six-lap blue riband Senior TT with ease – his fourth win of TT2014, eighth in the last two years and 11th overall.
That puts the BMW Motorrad rider joint-fifth in the list of all-time Isle of Man TT winners, alongside Portadown motorcycling legend Phillip McCallen and the late Steve Hislop.
And McCallen believes the Ballymoney man could eventually overhaul his uncle Joey's all-time record of 26 victories on the island.
"Long-term, you have to be looking at him beating Joey's total," McCallen said. "He has at least another 10 years left in him and he's already the best road racer in the world."
Dunlop (25) finished 14 seconds ahead of Manxman Conor Cummins. Lincolnshire's Guy Martin took third place, 9.5 seconds behind Cummins.
Dunlop led by just 0.8 seconds from Martin after the opening lap, but extended his advantage to 7.5 seconds after lap two, thanks to the fastest lap of the race – 131.67mph. By the end of the third circuit, Dunlop was 11 seconds ahead of Cummins, but the Honda rider reduced that to 9.5 seconds by the end of lap four.
The riders were separated by the same margin as they flashed past the grandstand for the final lap, but Dunlop added to his lead before taking the chequered flag.
Earlier in the week, Dunlop won the Superbike, Superstock and second Supersport races. His older brother, William, suffered a suspected broken leg yesterday when he came off on the third lap.
The all-time TT rankings show the late Joey Dunlop on 26 wins, followed by John McGuinness (21), Dave Molyneux (17), Mike Hailwood (14), Michael Dunlop, Hislop and McCallen (11) and Giacomo Agostini, Robert Fisher, Ian Lougher and Stanley Woods (10).