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Michael Dunlop stripped of second place after engine mix-up

By Paul Lindsay

Michael Dunlop was sensationally disqualified from yesterday's Monster Energy Supersport race after initially taking second place on his MD Racing Yamaha in the four-lap encounter, won by Came Yamaha-mounted Ian Hutchinson.

It is thought that the Ballymoney man accidentally used a borrowed engine, which is a cruel blow after he rode so well.

The TT organisers described the disqualification as an unintentional technical infringement.

Dunlop was unavailable for comment on the subject, but did say after his short-lived podium celebration: "This is the first real run we've had on the Supersport bike to get feedback, but now we have a good enough package for Wednesday's second race.

"I don't think Hutchy is on another level, we just need to make some changes. We can kick on now."

Hutchinson may not have been on another level, but he controlled the race from the beginning, building a 10-second lead during lap one, which he managed to the chequered flag after four laps, including a dip for fuel and 150 miles of racing.

Speaking of the win, which was his 12th career top step at the TT before he made it 13 later in the day with success in the Superstock class, he said: "The Glen Helen section of the circuit has been my weakest this week, so I knew I had to show conviction and I pushed hard in the first two sectors.

"After that, it was all about being pretty smooth."

Those opening sectors afforded him a five-second lead, which he doubled by the end of the opening lap with an impressive speed of 127.872mph.

On lap two he tightened the screw with a lap speed of 128.259mph, which was just outside of the lap record.

Laps three and four were as much of a formality as you can get at the TT. Dean Harrison was promoted to second after Dunlop's disqualification and James Hillier moved up to third - with the trio coincidentally making up the TT Superstock podium later in the day.

The Honda duo of Conor Cummins and John McGuinness were joined by Fermanagh's Lee Johnston in filling the minor top six positions.

Others worth a mention are William Dunlop in seventh, Derek McGhee in 17th and Derek Sheils in 19th on the Cookstown B.E Racing Honda.

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