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Friday 26 December 2014

Isle of Man TT: Michael Dunlop makes it four wins

Dunlop aiming for a joint record five wins in a week at the TT, writes John Mulgrew

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 5/3/2013: Michael Dunlop (MD Racing Honda) celebrates winning the Second Supersport TT on the Isle of Man today with runner up Bruce Anstey and third placed John McGuinness. Picture by Stephen Davison
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 5/3/2013: Michael Dunlop (MD Racing Honda) celebrates winning the Second Supersport TT on the Isle of Man today with runner up Bruce Anstey and third placed John McGuinness. Picture by Stephen Davison
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/6/2013: Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the Superstock TT on his MDR Hondaon the podium today with runner up Gary Johnson (Lincs Lifting Kawasaki) and third placed John McGuinness (HM Plant/ Padgetts Honda). PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 3rd June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Michael Dunlop (MD Racing Honda) at the Gooseneck during Monday's Monster Energy Supersport Race 1 over the Mountain Course during the IOM TT 2013.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/06/13: MD Racing Honda Michael Dunlop and brother William on the podium for the opening Monster Energy supersport race at the 2013 Isle of Man TT after they finished first and third PHOTO BY STEPHEN DAVISON/PACEMAKER
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 3rd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Royal London 360 Superstock race . Race winner Michael Dunlop and John McGuiness.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/6/2013: Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the Superstock TT on his MDR Honda on the podium with third placed John McGuinness (HM Plant/Padgett's Honda) today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/6/2013: Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the Superstock TT on his MDR Honda on the podium with third placed John McGuinness (HM Plant/Padgett's Honda) today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/6/2013: Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the Superstock TT on his MDR Honda on the podium with third placed John McGuinness (HM Plant/Padgett's Honda) today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/6/2013: Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the Superstock TT on his MDR Honda with a burn out in the winners enclosure today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 3rd June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Michael Dunlop (MD Racing Honda) at Creg-Ny-Baa during Monday's Royan London 360 Superstock Race over the Mountain Course during the IOM TT 2013.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 3rd June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Michael Dunlop (MD Racing Honda) at Creg-Ny-Baa during Monday's Royan London 360 Superstock Race over the Mountain Course during the IOM TT 2013.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the opening Superbike race.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Superbike race. Race winner Michael Dunlop.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Superbike race. Race winner Michael Dunlop.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Superbike race. Cameron Donald and John McGuinness.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Superbike race. Race winner Michael Dunlop.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Superbike race. Race winner Michael Dunlop.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the opening Superbike race.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/06/13: Michael Dunlop on his Honda TT Legends superbike at Quarterbridge on the second lap of the Dainese Superbike TT at the 2013 Isle of Man TT PHOTO BY PACEMAKER
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the opening Superbike race.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/06/13: Michael Dunlop on his Honda TT Legends starts the Dainese Superbike TT at the 2013 Isle of Man TT PHOTO BY PACEMAKER
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the opening Superbike race along with Cameron Donald and John McGuinness.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/06/13: John McGuinness on his Honda TT Legends superbike in a one-off Joey Dunlop colour scheme at Quarterbridge on the second lap of the Dainese Superbike TT at the 2013 Isle of Man TT PHOTO BY PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/06/13: Michael Dunlop on his Honda TT Legends superbike at Governor's leads Cameron Donald and John McGuinness on the fourth lap of the Dainese Superbike TT at the 2013 Isle of Man TT PHOTO BY PACEMAKER
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the opening Superbike race.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/06/13: Michael Dunlop on his Honda TT Legends superbike takes the chequered flag to win the Dainese Superbike TT at the 2013 Isle of Man TT PHOTO BY PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/06/13: Michael Dunlop on his Honda TT Legends superbike leads James Hillier and Guy Martin at Braddan Bridge on the third lap of the Dainese Superbike TT at the 2013 Isle of Man TT PHOTO BY PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 02/06/13: Michael Dunlop on his Honda TT Legends superbike at Governor's leads Cameron Donald on the fourth lap of the Dainese Superbike TT at the 2013 Isle of Man TT PHOTO BY PACEMAKER

An unstoppable Michael Dunlop has clinched his fourth win at this year's Isle of Man TT.

The Ballymoney rider added to his haul of three after fending off Bruce Anstey in Wednesday's Supersport race.

As Dunlop blasted his way around on a final lap he smashed his own race record set on Monday.

He also managed a lap record of 128.667 mph.

It's now four wins for the rider who hopes to make it five on Friday when he races in the Lightweight and Senior events.

Earlier in the week, Dunlop took both the Supersport and Superstock races on Monday.

Michael managed a time of 1:10:37 in the Superstock race - finishing 16 seconds ahead of second place rival Gary Johnson.

He was also joined by his brother on the podium for the Supersport event - with William Dunlop taking third place 23 seconds behind his sibling.

Those wins brought Dunlop's TT haul to six - surpassing his late father Robert's five victories.

A winner out on the course at his first attempt Robert Dunlop took the 1983 Newcomers 350cc race.

After a long career at the TT, he was killed during a practice race at the North West 200 in 2008.

On Sunday, son Michael clocked his first 'big bike' Isle of Man TT win taking the Superbike race.

He enjoyed a huge 41-second lead on his Honda Fireblade as he powered home to victory.

Dunlop secured the win over Cameron Donald - who finished second with a time of 01:46:10.

John McGuinness finished a further 41 seconds behind Donald.

Michael Dunlop completed the six lap race clocking an average speed of 128.7 mph.

Sunday's win came 30 years after his uncle - legendary Ballymoney rider Joey Dunlop - landed his first win around the course on Honda machinery.

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