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Ulster Grand Prix: Superpole session confirmed for Saturday

Michael Dunlop at the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike practice in Dundrod. Photo: Rowland White PressEye
Michael Dunlop at the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike practice in Dundrod. Photo: Rowland White PressEye
Michael Dunlop Hawk BMW during Superbike practice for the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix at the 7.4 mile Dundrod Circuit. Picture by Brian Little/Press Eye
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye Motorcycle Road Racing ULSTER GRAND PRIX Venue: Dundrod SUPERBIKE Practice Date: 11th August 2016 Caption: Dan Kneen
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye Motorcycle Road Racing ULSTER GRAND PRIX Venue: Dundrod SUPERBIKE Practice Date: 11th August 2016 Caption: Michael Dunlop
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William Dunlop in action at last August's Ulster Grand Prix. Photo: Rowland White/Presseye
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye Motorcycle Road Racing ULSTER GRAND PRIX Venue: Dundrod SUPERBIKE Practice Date: 11th August 2016 Caption: Bruce Anstey
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye Motorcycle Road Racing ULSTER GRAND PRIX Venue: Dundrod SUPERBIKE Practice Date: 11th August 2016 Caption: William Dunlop
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th August 2016 Practice sessions for the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix get underway. Pictured: Dave Hewson comes in from qualifying. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th August 2016 Practice sessions for the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix get underway. Pictured: In Superbike qualifying, Michael Dunlop on his way to complete a qualifying lap to take the last place on the front row of the grid, behind Bruce Anstey on Pole, William Dunlop, and Ian Hutchinson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th August 2016 Practice sessions for the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix get underway. Pictured: Steve Mercer clinched a 12th place on the grid in the Superbike qualifying. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye Motorcycle Road Racing ULSTER GRAND PRIX Venue: Dundrod SUPERBIKE Practice Date: 11th August 2016 Caption: Bruce Anstey
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye Motorcycle Road Racing ULSTER GRAND PRIX Venue: Dundrod DUNDROD SUPERBIKE RACE Date: 11th August 2016 Caption: First lap leader Conor Cummins
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye Motorcycle Road Racing ULSTER GRAND PRIX Venue: Dundrod DUNDROD SUPERBIKE RACE Date: 11th August 2016 Caption: Michael Dunlop out ahead of Bruce Anstey
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th August 2016 Practice sessions for the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix get underway. Pictured: Sarah Boyes' Dad, takes her bike down to the start line. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Promoters of the MCE Ulster Grand Prix have confirmed that the Superpole session is planned to take place on the main race day on Saturday.

The new format qualifying session was originally meant to happen during Thursday’s Plant Lubrication (NI) Dundrod 150 races, but was cancelled due to difficult weather conditions.

The fastest 10 riders from Thursday’s MCE UGP Superbike qualifying will now take to the circuit during tomorrow’s racing schedule for a special timed event, battling for pole position in the two superbike races.

The session will consist of one individual warm up lap immediately followed by one individual flying lap for each of the top 10 Superbike riders.

Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston has stated however that Superpole will only run if conditions are suitable, and should it not the grid positions will be based on the results of Thursday’s practice sessions.

The top ten, who will contest the Superpole are:

  • 1 – Michael Dunlop,
  • 2 – Peter Hickman,
  • 3 – Bruce Anstey,
  • 4 – Ian Hutchinson,
  • 5 – Dean Harrison,
  • 6 – Conor Cummins,
  • 7 – Derek Sheils,
  • 8 – Gary Johnson,
  • 9 – William Dunlop,
  • 10 – Dan Kneen

Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course said: “I am pretty determined to make this happen and I’d say most of the guys will be happy to get an extra couple of laps in prior to the main event of the day.

“The weather was against us on Thursday but my plan is to stage the Superpole after the second race in what I hope will be a thrilling pre-cursor to the Superbike races. Seeing some of the top boys pushing it on a flying lap of this amazing circuit will be a great spectacle,” he added.

Tickets for the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix can be purchased at Topaz Airport Road Service Station or Whitemountain Centra Service Station and on the approach roads to the circuit. Roads close at 09.30 sharp. For full details visit ulstergrandprix.net.

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