Supporting cast step up as Dunn secures Enniskillen double
Saturday's Fermanagh and Omagh Council sponsored Enniskillen road races were marred by a crash in the Senior Support race involving 22-year-old Co Clare rider Kevin Baker, who had to be transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital by Air Ambulance, where he remains in intensive care in a stable condition with suspected leg and arm fractures.
This accident caused a three-hour delay to racing with the Enniskillen Club managing to get through their full race programme by reducing the races after the delay to three laps, except for the feature race which was over six laps.
With the majority of top riders giving the meeting a miss and Michael Sweeney practicing but not racing it left the door open for others to step up to the mark and this they certainly did by producing some real good, close racing.
Forest Dunn on his Suzuki was the star of the Open races, heading Darryl Tweed (600cc Honda) home by 3.3 seconds in the first race and then in the feature Richard Britton Memorial event he was made to work hard to take the double, holding off Thomas Maxwell (Kawasaki) by 0.198 seconds with Kevin Fitzpatrick (600cc Kawasaki) - fourth in the Open - a further 1.7 seconds back in third with Tweed fourth.
2015 Irish 750cc Support road race champion Fitzpatrick from Oldcastle had a superb day with a win in the first Supersport race on his Bert Racing Kawasaki, three-quarters of a second clear of Dominic Herbertson, with Tweed again on the rostrum in third.
Ballymoney man Tweed made it to the top of the rostrum in a hugely competitive second Supersport race a third of a second ahead of Fitzpatrick with Herbertson a quarter of a second further back in third and Dunn fourth a further half a second down.
Herbertson borrowed an ER6 Kawasaki from RJ Woolsey and won the Supertwin encounter, four seconds clear of Welshman Paul Williams after three laps.
Gary Dunlop made it two road race victories in a row on the Joey's Bar MCC Honda in the Moto3 class after shadowing Sam Grief for three laps of six before taking a race-winning lead 1.3 seconds clear of the Paul Robinson-backed rider.
Maghera's Stephen McKeown on his McKillop 400cc Kawasaki took victory in the Lightweight Supersport race by 0.8 seconds from Williams riding the PK Racing 400cc Yamaha.
In the Senior Support race it was Darren Keys on his 600cc Suzuki who emerged victorious after three laps, 3.8 seconds clear of the 750cc Suzuki of Andy McAllister and Darryl Anderson, who also finished third in the Lightweight Supersport.
In the earlier Junior Support race Vinny Brennan was the winner on his 650cc Kawasaki, half a second clear of the unfortunate Kevin Baker, with Noel Smith in third.
Classic class winners were Richard Ford 250cc, Barry Davidson 350 and 500cc with Ian Thompson victorious in the 1,000cc.
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Vinales, 24, secured his first win since the 2018 Australian GP after pulling away from
Marquez in the closing stages, although the Honda rider extended his lead in the championship to 44 points.
France's Fabio Quartararo, 20, who started on pole, completed the podium.