Three from three for Michael Dunlop at Isle of Man TT

Michael Dunlop ahead of Guy Martin in the Supersport race

Michael Dunlop ahead of Guy Martin in the Supersport race

Michael Dunlop has had a dream start to race week at the Isle Man TT backing up victory in the opening Superbike race with two more wins in the Supersport and Superstock races.

The nephew of the late great Joey and son of the late Robert, the Irishman beat New Zealander Bruce Anstey by 10.3 seconds in the morning’s Supersport race then came out in the afternoon and won by 16.577 seconds over Gary Johnson in the afternoon.

Dunlop took the lead in the Supersport race midway through the opening lap and a great battle ensued with Anstey for the remainder of the race.

After they left the solitary pit stop, Dunlop and Anstey were together and the duo caught John McGuinness, Australia’s Cameron Donald and James Hillier on the road giving the thousands of fans around the famous Mountain Course an awesome sight.

Michael Dunlop taking his fifth TT victory, equalling the total of his father Robert, with Anstey and William Dunlop rounding out the podium, the first time the two siblings have shared a TT rostrum.

McGuinness took a strong fourth with Hillier having another excellent ride into fifth as he overhauled Guy Martin on the final lap as Donald slipped back to seventh.

Celebrations for Michael Dunlop were short and sweet as he took to the track once again in the Superstock race.

The Honda rider made a steady start to the race as Gary Johnson surged away into the lead on a ZX10 Kawasaki.

Heading into the fourth and final lap Dunlop closed the gap on Johnson to just 2.972 seconds. The Irishman then put the hammer down as he set a class lap record of at 211.178 km/h to win by 16.577 seconds from Johnson who developed a small oil leak on the last circulation – John McGuinness, took his second third place of the week 30.226 seconds down on Johnson.

The bikes next race on Wednesday with TT Zero for the bikes powered without the use of carbon based fuels and have zero toxic/noxious emissions over a single lap. The second Supersport (four laps) and sidecars (three laps).

RESULTS: Isle of Man TT – Supersport Race 1

Pos Rider Bike Team Time MPH
1 Michael Dunlop Honda MD Racing 1:12:20.162 125.182
2 Bruce Anstey Honda HM Plant Honda by Padgetts Motorcycles 1:12:30.520 124.884
3 William Dunlop Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha Superbike Team 1:12:43.602 124.510
4 John McGuinness Honda HM Plant Honda by Padgetts Motorcycles 1:12:50.749 124.306
5 James Hillier Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:13:13.320 123.668
6 Guy Martin Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 1:13:17.846 123.540
7 Cameron Donald Honda Wilson Craig Racing 1:13:36.985 123.005
8 Dean Harrison Yamaha Ian Bell Yamaha 1:13:47.386 122.716
9 Dan Stewart Honda/ SMT / Wilcock Racing 1:14:46.332 121.104
10 Daniel Cooper Triumph Centurion Racing 1:15:14.098 120.359

 

VIDEO: Media conference from Supersport Race #1

RESULTS: Isle of Man TT – Superstock

Pos Rider Bike Team Time MPH
1 Michael Dunlop Honda MD Racing 1:37.404 128.218
2 Gary Johnson Kawasaki Lincs Lifting Ltd 1:10:53.981 127.718
3 John McGuinness Honda HM Plant Honda by Padgetts Motorcycles 1:11:24.207 126.817
4 Dean Harrison Kawasaki RC Express racing by MSS Performance 1:11:44.459 126.221
5 Bruce Anstey Honda HM Plant Honda by Padgetts Motorcycles 1:11:56.895 125.857
6 James Hillier Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 01 1:12:43.778 124.505
7 Michael Rutter Honda Bathams Honda 1:13:04.550 123.915
8 Steve Mercer BMW Penz13.Com BMW Racing Team 1:13:19.265 123.501
9 William Dunlop Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha Superbike Team 1:13:20.125 123.476
10 Ben Wylie BMW Per Cup Coffee Copany/Wylie 1:13:53.523 122.546

 

VIDEO: Media conference from Superstock Race

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