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Michael Dunlop looking good for another Super win

By Paul Lindsay

Ballymoney’s Michael Dunlop will start today’s Supersport Race Two as slight favourite over Cameron Donald despite two breakdowns in Monday’s opening Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT.

Dunlop has since got the monkey off his back with a tremendous victory in Monday night’s rescheduled four-lap Superstock TT.

The Kawasaki-mounted Ulsterman put in a sublime performance that not even 16-time TT winner John McGuinness could live with.

Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing’s Guy Martin scrambled home in third after tipping off at Creg ny Baa in the red-flagged first Supersport encounter.

The all-new GSX-R600 Suzuki is still lacking a touch of racing development and struggled slightly in the speed trap times on Monday. Its nimble handling and lightweight make-up will give Martin another shot at a podium, but I feel a top step is a very big ask from the Lincolnshire man.

After Monday night’s victory, young Dunlop’s tail will be well and truly up, but can the same be said of Wilson Craig Honda’s Cameron Donald?

It is rumoured that his team’s involvement with Performance Technical Racing — the World Supersport outfit who prepare all their machines — came to an abrupt end prior to race week. And after an engine failure on Monday and limited resources available on the Island, it will be a race against time for the Aussie to make the start line with comparative machinery.

Bruce Anstey played his ace card on Monday, slipping in to take the opening Supersport win when everything else around him fell to pieces, and no-one would begrudge the ever-smiling Kiwi his eighth TT win.

But can he double up in today’s Supersport race and make it nine wins on the Mountain Circuit — equal with the late great David Jefferies and just one less than legendary Italian Giacomo Agostini?

Team owner Clive Padgett has put a lot of faith in the 42-year-old and the ‘one race a day situation’ suits the Kiwi. So don’t bet against him.

Gary Johnson also got a taste of seeing P1 on his pit board in the opening Supersport race, but his late fuel stop gamble sadly didn’t pay off.

The affable East Coast Construction Honda pilot has covered himself in glory this year already with a Superbike TT podium and with his steady level-headed approach, don’t be surprised to see him back on the box.

Keith Amor should be commended for his bravery, riding to fourth in the Superbike TT win on an ailing Honda and with a damaged AC joint in his shoulder.

His second place in Monday’s Supersport race further confirmed his braveheart approach, and just like Guy Martin, the 39-year-old Falkirk man would be a very popular debut winner.

With Conor Cummins still not back to his brilliant best, Dan Kneen will lead the Manx effort, with the youngster looking to better his sixth place from Monday’s encounter.

Whatever happens Supersport race two is guaranteed to produce and another top quality battle over the Mountain Circuit.

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