Triple ace William Dunlop closes in on dad Robert's record
In the absence of Michael Dunlop through illness, brother William reeled off a high speed treble in the Open race, 250GP and Grand Final at yesterday's 40th Walderstown Road Races to move into second position in the all-time winners list at this popular meeting, near Athlone, with 10 wins just four short of his late father Robert.
In the Open contest, Dunlop, from pole position on board his Milwaukee Yamaha, led from flag to flag hounded all the way by Derek McGee and Derek Sheils with local ace McGee less than a second behind the Ballymoney rider at the chequered flag with Sheils back in third, but extending his Irish championship lead to 22 points over Michael Dunlop.
Sheils led the Race of the South feature for two laps before Dunlop put the hammer down and sped into the lead easing to a 1.88sec victory over the Dubliner with Michael Pearson a further four and a half seconds behind in third and McGee a close fourth.
Dunlop lay behind pace setter Michael Sweeney on the opening laps of the 250GP race before moving ahead to win by less than half a second.
The race of the day was the Supersport event where pole man Dunlop made a poor start, ending the first lap in sixth position as McGee, Jamie Hamilton and Pearson led the way.
Dunlop charged back, breaking the lap record three times but the laps ran out for the CD Racing Milwaukee Yamaha rider with McGee clinging on to take his first national road race Supersport victory a 10th of a second ahead of Hamilton with Dunlop less than half a second behind in third.
McGee jumped into the lead of the Irish championship, 12 points ahead of Pearson, who finished fourth in the race.
Hamilton was in a class of his own in the Supertwin race, maintaining his unbeaten run in the class at national level on the roads taking his KMR Kawasaki powered by Vauxhall NI Dealers to a seven and a half second victory over Sweeney and Mark Hanna.
Cullybackey rider Sam Wilson was the Moto3 winner, taking his first victory since his switch to the Roy Hanna Motors Honda.
Shane Egan broke the class lap record on his way to a senior support race victory while Ryan Farquhar's runner Conor Behan won his second ever road race in the Junior Support event.
* Honda's Marc Marquez hit the summit of the MotoGP standings after taking advantage of the absence of both Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo to win at Sachsenring in Germany.
Title rivals Pedrosa and Lorenzo were both ruled out of the race after practice crashes, leaving Marquez to come through for the second win of his debut season.
Cal Crutchlow came home just one and a half seconds down to take second place for Tech 3 Yamaha – but his wait to become the first British winner in the premier class since Barry Sheene in 1981 goes on. Lorenzo's Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi took third. Northern Ireland's Michael Laverty finished 16th on his Paul Bird Motorsport Honda.
Result: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 41mins 14.653secs, 2 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Yamaha 41:16.212, 3 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 41:24.273, 4 Stefan Bradl (Ger) Honda 41:28.645, 5 Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Honda 41:36.428, 6 Bradley Smith (Gbr) Yamaha 41:39.733, 7 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 41:44.680, 8 Aleix Espargaro (Spa) ART 41:44.977, 9 Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati 42:00.008, 10 Michele Pirro (Ita) FTR-Honda 42:01.795, 11 Hector Barbera (Spa) FTR 42:02.477, 12 Randy De Puniet (Fra) ART 42:03.176, 13 Colin Edwards (USA) FTR-Kawasaki 42:09.081, 14 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ioda 42:14.976, 15 Claudio Corti (Ita) FTR-Kawasaki 42:20.183
Riders Championship: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 138.0pts, 2 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 136.0, 3 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 127.0, 4 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Yamaha 107.0, 5 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 101.0, 6 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 74.0, 7 Stefan Bradl (Ger) Honda 64.0, 8 Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Honda 58.0, 9 Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati 57.0, 10 Aleix Espargaro (Spa) ART 52.0
Manufacturers Championship: 1 Honda 176.0pts, 2 Yamaha 172.0, 3 Ducati 75.0, 4 ART 52.0, 5 FTR 19.0, 6 Ioda-Suter 15.0, 7 FTR-Kawasaki 13.0, 8 PBM 3.0, 9 FTR-Honda 2.0