Dunlop victorious at post TT races

SEALED WITH A KISS. Michael Dunlop kisses his helment which was remodelled for this years TT.INBM24-11 9050F. Pics by Ann Louden,
SEALED WITH A KISS. Michael Dunlop kisses his helment which was remodelled for this years TT.INBM24-11 9050F. Pics by Ann Louden,

TWO-times Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop finally achieved a victory on his Street Sweep Yamaha R6 on the Island as he destroyed the opposition in the Supersport race at Billown on Saturday.

Following the disappointment of two non-finishes in the 600cc races at the TT last week, the Ballymoney rider won Saturday’s Supersport race at the Manx Telecom Post-TT races by almost 23 seconds from Ian Lougher.

Dunlop also smashed the lap record for the class with a speed of 106.709mph for the 4.2-mile Billown circuit near Castletown on his second lap.

Roy Richardson finished third and the top six was completed by Mark Buckley, Simon Fulton and Wayne Hamilton.

Dunlop won his second TT race with a stunning Superstock victory for Kawasaki last Monday evening and was a big favourite to add to his tally in the Supersport races.

However he was forced to pull over twice when leading Monday’s ill-fated 600 race, which was re-run following the tragic death of Derek Brien from County Meath.

There was further misery for Dunlop on Wednesday when he was again forced to retire on the opening lap, but he can reflect on another brilliant triumph at the TT in the big bike class on the Kawasaki ZX-10.

William Dunlop won the 125cc event on the Delaney Honda at Billown on Saturday by seven and a half seconds from Chris Palmer, with Lougher third, top Sidecar exponent Dan Sayle fourth and Sam Dunlop – who made his full Isle of Man TT debut last week – fifth.

Darren Gilpin completed the top six.