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Isle of Man TT: Michael unlop ponders bike switch in glory bid

Michael Dunlop, cruelly robbed of victory in Monday’s Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1, after a mechanical issue forced his retirement on the penultimate lap, today faced a race against time to get his Yamaha R6 ready for a second Supersport encounter.

Ballymoney ace Dunlop held a 16-second advantage leaving his pit stop in Monday’s race, but retired at Ballig Bridge, just eight miles into lap three.

It’s the second mechanical issue Dunlop has suffered during TT2012 with his Yamaha Supersport bike and the latest chat in the paddock was of him lining up on the 600 Suzuki he raced at the North West 200.

Brother William was the quickest man in practice in the Supersport class with a lap of 126mph on his Wilson Craig Honda, but was visibly disappointed with his performance on Monday, despite recording his debut TT podium on the Mountain Course in third place.

Kiwi Bruce Anstey collected his ninth career TT victory in Monday’s Supersport four-lapper, which then entered the history books as the second closest finish of all time at the Isle of Man showpiece, and cannot be discounted to reach double figures.

Anstey, on the Padgetts Honda, was just 0.77seconds ahead of fellow Antipodean Cameron Donald on the Wilson Criag Honda in second place at the end of the four lap battle.

Lincolnshire’s Gary Johnson will be hoping for better luck — he led on the final lap with just 15 miles to the chequered flag, but his Padgetts Honda ran out of fuel in the final three miles, forcing him to push in, finishing well down the leaderboard.

Ryan Farquhar was another whose thirsty machine ran out of fuel on the last lap of Monday’s race and the Suzukis of Dan Kneen and Guy Martin were also out of luck.

Kneen crashed on the exit of Governor’s Dip while holding a top six place, virtually destroying his privately entered 600, and Guy Martin was left to rue a faulty fuel pump, retiring at the end of lap one, as he continues to chase an elusive first TT win.

After the TT Zero Challenge for electric bikes, with Michael Rutter and John McGuinness going head-to-head for the £10,000 prize should either post a 100mph lap, Senior and Lightweight qualifying will close today’s proceedings with Manxman Conor Cummins set for a lap on his Tyco Suzuki Superbike, in preparation for his return from injury in Friday’s Blue Riband six-lap Senior TT.

Belfast Telegraph