Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

William Dunlop now chasing a treble treat

The curtain comes down on the Irish road-racing season this weekend with the Country Crest Killalane event near Skerries where William Dunlop, who has already clinched the 250cc championship, will be trying to make it a treble by lifting the 125 and Supersport titles as well.

Dunlop has a 19-point advantage over cousin Paul Robinson in the 125cc class, but trails Ryan Farquhar by just four points going into Sunday’s final race in the Supersport series.

Hoping for a dry weekend, the 25-year-old Ballymoney ace said: “A top ten finish in the 125cc class will be good enough to take the championship, but I will be going all out to win it in style by winning Sunday’s race.

“The Supersport 600 is a different kettle of fish however and will be a bit more difficult with Ryan on 110 points, myself on 106 and Michael (Dunlop) on 99.

“Michael will be going all out to win on his sponsor’s home circuit, so he could well be the man to beat. In a nutshell, I need to be about two places ahead of Ryan at the chequered flag to win this particular championship. It should be a real tight finish and I hope to have the Dowd Yamaha in front at the end.”

Farquhar is also going for a treble having already clinched the Open championship. He leads the Supersport class by four points and is still in with a mathematical chance of winning the Supertwins series where he would need to win Sunday’s race with leader John Burrows out of the points.

Michael Pearson, who won the Grand Final at last year’s meeting, will be looking for a strong end to his road racing season.

“It would be some story if I could win back to back Grand Finals at Killalane, but I would settle for top three in the Supersport and Superbike races on Sunday,” said Pearson.

The senior and junior support championships are also going to the wire.

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