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Michael Dunlop stripped of second place after engine mix-up

By Paul Lindsay

Published 07/06/2016

Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing) celebrates his win on the podium of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today.
Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing) celebrates his win on the podium of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
John McGuinness (Honda) 3rd, Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing) Winner and Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW) 2nd celebrate after finishing on the podium the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing) celebrates his win with Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW) on the podium of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing) celebrates his win on the podium of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing) celebrates his win with Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW) on the podium of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing) celebrates his win with Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW) 2nd and John McGuinness (Honda) 3rd on the podium of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: BY STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing) celebrates his win with Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW) on the podium of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON
Michael Dunlop ( Hawk Racing) after winning the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON
Michael Dunlop ( Hawk Racing) after winning the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: BY STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing BMW) on the line at the start of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing BMW) on the line at the start of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Conor Cummins (Honda - Honda Racing) retires at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
Bruce Anstey (Honda - Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
John McGuinness (Honda) at the start of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: Stephen Davison Pacemaker
John McGuinness looks tense at the start of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
John McGuinness kisses his helmet for luck as his wife Becky looks on at the start of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing BMW) in the pit stop of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016
Ian Hutchinson (BMW - Tyco BMW) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. Picture: DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
Bruce Anstey (Honda - Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
Michael Dunlop (BMW - Hawk Racing)at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
Ian Hutchinson (BMW - Tyco BMW) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
John McGuinness (Honda - Honda Racing) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
Dean Harrison (Kawasaki - Silicone Engineering) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
John McGuinness (Honda - Honda Racing) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
Michael Dunlop (BMW - Hawk Racing)at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
Ivan Lintin (Kawasaki - Devitt RC Express Racing) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
Lee Johnston (BMW - East Coast Construction/Burdens) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
Bruce Anstey (Honda - Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:
John McGuinness (Honda) at the start of the Superbike TT race on the Isle of Man today. Picture: STEPHEN DAVISON PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 4/6/2016:
Dean Harrison (Kawasaki - Silicone Engineering) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS, BELFAST: 04/06/2016:

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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