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Watch press conference: Michael Dunlop praises his team after securing his 14th Isle of Man TT success

Gareth Hanna

Michael Dunlop says his team 'pulled back strong' after winning the first Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT.

Dunlop came in over 13 seconds ahead of second placed James Hillier in the Monster Energy Supersport TT race one to claim his14th TT succes. That brings the Ballymoney man level with Mike Hailwood in the all-time standings. Dunlop is again just one win behind Ian Hutchinson, who hit 15 with his Superbike success on Sunday.

It all came just a day after Dunlop was forced to retire from the opening RST Superbike race due to a technical issue.

"I was down in the mouth yesterday but the boys all worked hard and pulled back strong. We stood up and made today count instead," he said in the post-race press conference.

"I made a slow start for some reason, I don't know why. I think we just picked the wrong rear tyre but we settled in nicely. I said I'll have a go on lap three and pulled up a nice wee gap in around 10 seconds. I rolled off the last lap to try and save everything we had. Obviously I was sick as a dog after the superbike race so I just felt I would take it as easy as I possibly could on the last lap to get it home. The final lap was handy to a degree. In fairness to James, he jumped out of the blocks fighting and we had to push.

"It's just great to be back here after yesterday's disappointment. It's a long time coming. The 600 had been off the boil for a couple of years for some reason. A few new sponsors on board and it's their first win at the TT so I'm delighted."

Racing on his 2015 Yamaha YZF-R6, Dunlop took the win ahead of Hillier, who was on his 2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R. Completing the podium was Peter Hickman on his 2015 Triumph Daytona 675.

Michael's brother William, who was the fastest qualifier, dropped off the podium to finish fourth with Sunday's Superbike champion Hutchinson finishing fifth.

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