DUNLOPS DOMINATE

THE Dunlop brothers, Michael and William, along with their cousin Paul Robinson, dominated the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 road races at the weekend.

Michael Dunlop produced a record-performance to bag a double while William Dunlop was successful in the 250GP.

Cousin Paul Robinson also got in on the act with victory in the Cookstown Town Centre Forum Moto3.

24-year-old Michael Dunlop was having his maiden roads outing of the season after focusing on his role as a member of the Honda TT Legends Endurance World Championship team.

Despite riding his MD Racing Honda Superbike and Supersport machines for the first time in 2013, Dunlop was quickly on the pace in the sunshine at the 2.1 mile Orritor circuit.

He stormed into an early lead in the Open A race and soon opened a healthy lead over Guy Martin who had work to do to pass Dublin’s Derek Sheils and Michael Pearson in the opening laps.

By the time Martin grasped second place on lap three of eight Dunlop had established an insurmountable lead.

It was a straightforward victory in the end as he took the chequered flag by 3.9 seconds from Martin.

A dramatic Supersport 600 race had the fans on the edge of their seats as Martin seized the initiative on the first lap of eight.

Dunlop was only 4th on lap one and Martin captilised to stretch his advantage to four seconds but Dunlop soon reduced the arrears but only lost out by 0.119 seconds.

However in the Cookstown 100 Superbike race Michael Dunlop took victory with a new benchmark speed of 91.480mph.

William Dunlop won the 250cc race while Paul Robinson was the 125cc class.