Double Delight For Dunlop In Superstock Race (IOM TT 2013)





County Antrim Rider 24 year old Michael Dunlop has now come of age and is showing true form as a mature real road racer. Michael is now starting to break records left, right and center at the Isle Of Man TT races adding to the list of riders who have win two TT races in one day and now scoring a treble in one week so far.

Riding in the Royal London Superstock race on his own MD Racing Hurts Honda he made a steady start to his race as English rider Gary Johnston blasted into an early lead.

At Ramsey Hairpin Michael was trailing 3 seconds behind Johnston on his Kawasaki, Guy Martin aboard his Suzuki was third with only 1.5 seconds behind Dunlop and John McGuinness on the HM Plant Padgett’s Honda fourth with 1.7 seconds back.

Lap two saw a pit stop in which Martin picked up a 30 second penalty for speeding in pit lane but by the time he reached Glen Duff he had to retire with bike problems, this leaving Johnston still in the lead. Dunlop was now trailing 2.972 seconds behind, McGuinness in third, Harrison fourth and Anstey fifth.

On the fourth and final lap Dunlop turned on the power of his Honda Fireblade and the Ballymoney man set a new lap record of 131.220 mph smashing Ian Hutchinson’s three year old record to win the Superstock race by 16.577 seconds ahead of Gary Johnston and third place man John McGuinnes.

After the race 19 times TT winner John McGuinness said “he had never seen riding like Michael on the last lap in all of his TT experience”.

“On that last lap [in the Superstock race] I just thought, ‘you know what, we’ll have a go’. We’re here to make history and to win is the way forward,” said the six-times TT winner, who only made his Mountain debut in 2007.

“It’s been a good run and I got things my own way in the Superbike race and then in the 600 race I had a good run too, but one sure thing is that Gary [Johnson] kept me on my toes there.

“I gave the bike all I could give it on that last lap. Fair play to Gary because he’s here as a privateer and it’s hard against the factory teams,” added Dunlop.

“I know what that’s like because I’ve been in that position myself.

This now leaves Michael with six TT firsts so far to his Tally of wins on the Island and three more races left to compete in this week, Wednesday’s hosts the second Supersport race and Friday’s Lightweight and Senior events.





Race Results.

1. M. Dunlop, 2. G. Johnston, 3. J. McGuinness, 4. D. Harrison, 5.B Anstey, 6. J. Hillier, 7. M. Rutter, 8. S. Mercer, 9. W. Dunlop, 10. B. Wylie.





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