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Michael Dunlop second on grid for Open races at Cookstown

Dublin's Derek Sheils, a double winner last year, will start from pole position in today's Open races at the 2015 KDM Cookstown 100, after setting the fastest time during yesterday's qualifying aboard his BikeBitsNI Kawasaki.

Michael Dunlop, who has yet to give a comprehensive summing up of his opening tests aboard his Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1M, was just 3/10ths of a second behind Sheils, with Mullingar's Derek McGee an impressive third on his debut aboard Wilson Craig's Honda Fireblade.

Fourth fastest in qualifying was Skerries rider Michael Sweeney on the MJR Kawasaki, with the man who everyone has come to see, Guy Martin, fifth on his Tyco BMW Superstock machine for the opening National Road Race of the year.

Jamie Hamilton was sixth on the Cookstown BE Racing Suzuki, with Alan Bonner (Kawasaki), Dean Harrison (Mar-Train Racing), Stephen Thompson (Penz13.com BMW) and Tyco BMW's William Dunlop rounding out the top ten.

With the weather closing in, last night's four scheduled races were postponed and the Supersport Invitation race added to today's 15-race programme. Roads close this morning at 10am sharp, with Open races A and B starting the day's action on the Orritor Circuit.

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