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Dunlop laps up plaudits with terrific TT triumph

By Roy Harris

Michael Dunlop put earlier disappointment behind him by racing to a superb victory in the four-lap superstock TT race yesterday evening, a race delayed by three-and-a-half hours following the red flag incident in the morning supersport race.

Ulsterman supreme in superstockBouncing back: Michael Dunlop (left) rides to victory in the |Superstock TT race ahead of John McGuinness (above). Earlier, New Zealander Bruce Anstey (top) won the first Supersport race at the TT Races yesterday PRESSEYE

For the 22-year old Ballymoney rider, who actually broke down twice in that earlier race, this was his second-ever TT victory and he was ecstatic after his 18-second win over Saturday’s superbike victor John McGuinness and Guy Martin, who was scoring his second third position of the day.

Hoisted shoulder high by his team and fans Dunlop said: “That was hard work.

“It’s been so disappointing all week and I have been in a right bad mood with the team – until now that is.

“I felt like the whole world was against me and I was ready for two lead blocks and into the sea, but we turned it around and the Street Sweep Kawasaki never missed a beat the whole race.

“I had a temper going out at the start, as I wanted to win so bad. I saw I had a lead on lap two and tried to push on and I had a couple of near offs, but nothing savage.

“When I got a board up at the tramlines on the last lap with P-19 on it I knew I had a good lead and I wasn’t about to give it up.

“The team gave me a mega pit stop and the whole place was going bananas round the last lap. It’s about time I scored another TT win.

“That win was for Derek Brien who lost his life this morning, my sponsor lives just up the road from Derek’s sponsor and we all knew each other. “

On a hectic first lap there were three different leaders — McGuinness at Glen Helen, Dunlop at Ramsey, but by the end of the lap it was Martin in front by almost two seconds from Dunlop and McGuinness.

Dunlop took the race by the scruff of the neck on lap two taking the lead by Glen Helen and increasing it by three seconds per timing sector to lead at the end of lap two by 13 seconds with the fastest lap of the race at 129.709mph to break the opposition.

With no problems at his pit stop Dunlop maintained a nineteen second advantage throughout the last two laps to take the chequered flag some 18 and a half seconds ahead of McGuinness and Martin.

It was also a good race for the Wilson Craig Honda Team with William Dunlop a brilliant fifth less than half a second ahead of team mate Cameron Donald with Adrian Archibald inside the top ten in ninth.

Racing continues tomorrow with the second supersport and sidecar races plus the zero emissions race.

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