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Cameron Donald second in Isle of Man TT opener

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Monday 3rd June, 2013 - 10:05am

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Michael Dunlop and Cameron Donald at the Isle of Man TT

Michael Dunlop and Cameron Donald at the Isle of Man TT

Australia’s Cameron Donald has finished second as Michael Dunlop took his first ever Superbike TT at the opening race of the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races.

The Irishman took the lead on the opening lap and built a commanding 40-second victory from his fellow Honda riders Donald and John McGuinness, the latter overcoming a one-minute pit-lane penalty to set a new outright lap record on the final lap.

The Australian, like Dunlop, posted a new personal best lap of the Mountain Course but McGuinness eclipsed them both with a lap average of 211.903 km/h.

“That was the hardest podium race I’ve ever raced at the TT,” said Donald.

Fellow Australian Josh Brookes finished 10th on debut with a final lap of s, his final lap being a stunning 205.55 km/h average speed – the fastest ever for a newcomer.

“I knew that last lap was fast and I really enjoyed it, but this place is so much more physical than I thought it would be,” said Brookes.

“There are so many factors that you have to consider like a full tank of fuel down into places like Quarter Bridge and getting caught up behind other riders, but I have massive respect for this place.”

Tomorrow’s race sees the Supersport and Superstock races.

RESULTS: Isle of Man TT – Superbikes

Pos Rider Bike Team Time MPH
1 Michael Dunlop Honda Honda TT Legends 1:45:29.980 128.747
2 Cameron Donald Honda Wilson Craig Racing 1:46:10.917 127.920
3 John McGuinness Honda Honda TT Legends 1:46:51.907 127.102
4 Guy Martin Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 1:46:58.894 126.964
5 Conor Cummins Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha Superbike Team 1:47:30.929 126.333
6 Michael Rutter Honda Honda TT Legends 1:47:34.670 126.260
7 James Hillier Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:47:44.791 126.063
8 Bruce Anstey Honda HM Plant Honda by Padgetts Motorcycles 1:48:03.974 125.690
9 William Dunlop Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha Superbike Team 1:48:58.482 124.642
10 Joshua Brookes Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 1:49:39.593 123.863

 

VIDEO: Post Race press conference

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