Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Isle of Man TT: Michael Dunlop storms to stunning TT success

Michael Dunlop on his way to a terrific victory in the second Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT

Michael Dunlop put the disappointment of retiring while leading Monday’s Supersport race behind him by streaking to victory in a race delayed by five and a half hours due to bad weather.

When the second Supersport race did get going at 6.30pm last night it was William Dunlop who led brother Michael and Cameron Donald by two seconds at Glen Helen on the opening lap of four, but his race was run a few miles further on as he retired the Wilson Craig Honda in Kirkmichael.

Michael Dunlop, having switched from Suzuki to Yamaha during practice week, took advantage of William’s misfortune, racing into the lead and, despite all that Donald (Wilson Craig Honda) could throw at him, the 23-year old from Ballymoney extended his lead to win by over 13 seconds from the Australian.

Ryan Farquhar got the better of Bruce Anstey on the final lap for third by a mere thousandth of a second after 151miles of racing.

A delighted Dunlop, recording his third TT victory, said: “That’s nice. The trouble we have had all week and the money we spent on engines was nothing ordinary.

“Gary Ryan bought a third one for us and it is amazing it has all worked out in the end.

“It’s a pity Winston McAdoo wasn’t here to see this win. On the first lap the air breather fell off and I thought ‘Here we go again, the thing will stop’.

“I was about eight seconds ahead at one stage and then I saw a board with plus five on it and I thought I’d show these boys how I operate.

“I stayed cool, calm and collected and stretched the gap on the last lap.

“Maybe because of the troubles I had they underestimated ‘the Maverick’.

“This win is for everybody who helped me get the show on the road this year.”

Donald was philosophical about the outcome.

“We gave it our all and got second again — that’s three seconds so far this week,” he said.

“Ryan jumped onto my back wheel and we had a good dice on the road,” he continued.

“I think I pulled him along. It’s been an awesome TT so far.”

Farquhar had been fifth at the end of lap one, but when Donald caught him on the road he tucked into his slip-stream and got towed into third spot, relegating Monday’s winner Anstey into fourth position going onto the last lap.

Having snatched the final rostrum position by a whisker, the KMR Kawasaki rider from Dungannon said: “I wasn’t expecting a podium and I’m absolutely over the moon.”

History was made on the Isle of Man yesterday when Michael Rutter, riding his American Segway Motoczysz battery powered motorcycle, became the first man to lap the TT Mountain Circuit at over 100mph on his way to winning the TT Zero Race for the second time in succession.

Rutter stormed home in 21.45.33, a speed of 104.056mph, to claim not only the race win but also collect a £10,000 cheque.

A delighted Rutter said, “That was fantastic. We have achieved what we came here for.”

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