Dynamic Dunlop Secures Fourth Win (IOM TT 2013)



On Wednesday the Third day of racing took place with blue skies and perfect conditions in the Isle of Man. On the 37.7 miles of the legendary mountain course, four laps that cover 151 miles of road and the riders reaching average lap speeds of over 120 mph, the Monster Energy Supersport race two took place.

All eyes watched and tongues were talking about the young 24-year-old County Antrim rider from Ballymoney. Michael Dunlop was aboard his MD Racing Honda 600cc machine as he left the start line on the Glencrutchery Road.



Bruce Anstey in second place 




By the time the front runners got to Glen Helen Bruce Anstey on his HM Plant / Padgett’s Honda had a slender lead of 1.6 seconds over Michael who had his 27 year old brother William on his Milwaukie Yamaha laying in third. Michael then closed the gap to 0.5 seconds at Ramsey Hairpin but he had no answer to Anstey as he pulled away going over the mountain and opened up a 3.2 second lead and William was a further 2.8 seconds back on Michael. 


On lap two Anstey and Dunlop still did battle at the front keeping close contact but now Anstey had a 4.47 second lead and teammate John McGuinness was now fighting in fourth for third place against older brother William Dunlop.

After the pit stop Anstey got away in great style and opened up a 9 second lead but the young gun Dunlop wasn’t giving up that easy so he poured the power back on his Honda and narrowed the gap back to 5 seconds. From that point the young pretender kept the pressure on the flying Kiwi Anstey and ate away at his lead crossing the finish line on the fourth and final lap beating him by 2.3 seconds.





His brother William was beaten into fourth place only loosing out by 1 second to McGuinness who took third and left the two HM Plant /Padgett team mates on the rostrum.

Dunlop smashed his own race record set in Monday's Supersport event and he also set a new lap record of 128.667mph.


John McGuinness takes a brilliant third place 


"I really pushed on that final lap and lost the front end big style at the Bungalow. We put a lot of effort into that," said Dunlop.

Michael has now equaled Phillip McCallen’s tally of wins in one week bring his total to date to four, but with still two races left to compete in on Friday, the Lightweight and the Senior can he now match or beat Ian Hutchinson’s record of Five wins in one week.





Race Results.

1. M. Dunlop, 2. B. Anstey, 3. J. McGuinness, 4. W. Dunlop, 5. C. Donald, 6. J. Hillier, 7. D. Harrison, 8. G. Martin, 9. G. Johnson, 10. C. Cummins.




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