Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Race of Legends: Dunlop’s winning hat-trick

Michael Dunlop dominated Saturday’s Race of Legends meeting at Armoy — and says he’s ready to bring that form with him into the Ulster Grand Prix.

After scoring three majestic victories in the Supersport, Open and Feature events, Dunlop was delighted that his gameplan had paid off.

“Everything went grand and it was good to get the three wins with all the main boys racing at Armoy,” he said.

“In the Open race, I just sat behind for a few laps to weigh things up and have a look where I could get past Michael and Ryan — that’s how I operate. The laps were running out and, once I hit the front, I was nearly two seconds a lap quicker than them.”

Brother William won the 125GP race, but was forced to slow dramatically in the 250GP when a stone hit a lead, causing his Maverick Honda to lose power en route to a fifth-placed finish way behind winner Davy Morgan.

Ryan Farquhar, making his return to the Irish scene, scored a record breaking double in the Moto450 and supertwins races while Derek McGee and Ciaran Donnelly were victorious in the junior and senior support races.

The day, however, belonged to Michael Dunlop, who was delighted with his success in front of his home crowd.

He added: “It didn’t matter whether it was here at Armoy or any other circuit, I just wanted to win and, although there are still a few handling issues with the big bike, we are almost on top of it and this treble sets us up nicely for the Ulster Grand Prix.”

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