Michael Dunlop got the Irish road racing season off to a fine start at a sun-kissed KDM Cookstown 100 on Saturday with a fine double in the Open and feature races, but having to settle for second behind Guy Martin in the Supersport event.
In the Cookstown 100 feature race Dunlop broke the course lap record several times in a tense battle with Martin, Michael Pearson and Derek Sheils.
Martin set the pace for three laps before Pearson hit the front with Martin retaliating to retake the lead, but when Dunlop hit the front on lap seven the contest was over with the McAdoo Honda man winning by two and a half seconds from Martin, Sheils and Pearson.
The open race saw Sheils ahead on lap one before Dunlop edged ahead going on to win by almost four seconds from Martin.
Martin and his Tyco Suzuki led the Supersport from start to finish seeing off a late charge from Dunlop.
KMR Kawasaki in association with Vauxhall Dealers NI scored an opening day double with Jamie Hamilton winning the supertwin race from Michael Sweeney and William Davison.