Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Dunlop boys hit their stride on the Isle of Man

Michael Dunlop

Ulster riders led the way as Ryan Farquhar, Michael and William Dunlop all tasting victory at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man.

Farquhar and William both won twice, while Michael’s success came in the race of the evening as he came from fourth at the end of the Supersport 600cc race.

Michael had won his first Southern 100 race on Tuesday evening and doubled his tally in breathtaking style, overhauling early leader Farquhar and Ian Lougher to hunt down his elder brother and take the lead on the penultimate lap of six— recording the fastest lap of the evening on his final circuit at 108.173mph — to win by 0.8sec from William with Lougher getting the better of Farquhar for third.

“That was awesome. I got a really bad start and was way back,” Michael said.

“ I had to ride my socks off to get back with the boys at the front. It was brilliant to be able to get the win for the team who have worked so hard.”

William sai:, “He was taking two seconds out of me on the damp part of the circuit, but I was quicker on other parts. You should have seen the way he was manhandling the bike through the back parts of the circuit. He deserved the win.”

Farquhar opened proceedings with a customary barnstorming victory in the Supertwins race, which he led from start to finish to beat Dave Moffitt and Ballymena rider Darren Gilpin.

The Dungannon man then switched to the KMR Superstock Kawasaki and promptly won the 1000cc race by a country mile from Michael Dunlop who, despite a flat rear tyre, just held off Australian Cameron Donald for second.

After a lap of the 1000cc race Farquhar had a substantial lead of 3.6secs over Donald and Dunlop extended to 22.9secs at the end of the six-lap race while Dunlop looked secure in second, seven seconds clear of the Aussie only to see Donald close to within a tenth of a second as the chequered flag came out.

William Dunlop scored a magnificent 125/250cc double getting the better of Chris Palmer in both, taking the lead from him on wet, but drying roads.

Meanwhile, Michael Pearson, who suffered a high-speed spill on Tuesday evening during the senior race, has decided to give the rest of the meeting a miss following bruising to his pelvis and upper legs.

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