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Dunlop Extends Record TT Tally with Two More Wins

Dunlop Extends Record TT Tally with Two More Wins

Michael Dunlop has added to his record of Isle of Man TT victories, securing wins in the second Supersport and Supertwins races this past Saturday.

This achievement brings Dunlop’s total TT wins to 29, marking the fourth time in his career that he has claimed four victories in a single event.

At 35, Dunlop has now triumphed in 13 Supersport races, including three consecutive doubles on his Yamaha R6, and five Twins races. His latest victories allowed him to surpass his uncle Joey’s record of TT wins, having equaled it by winning last Saturday’s Supersport opener and moving ahead with a Supertwins victory on Wednesday.

The Ballymoney rider is set to compete in the Senior race later today, aiming to match Ian Hutchinson’s record of five wins in a week set 14 years ago.

In the Supersport race, Dunlop edged out Honda Racing’s Dean Harrison by 3.88 seconds, with Superstock winner Davey Todd trailing by an additional 2.3 seconds on his Ducati V2. The race was shortened to two laps due to weather delays and started two and a half hours late at 13:00 BST on Saturday because of damp patches on the course.

Following his Supersport victory, Dunlop clinched first place in the Supertwins race. The results were determined based on the end of the first lap after a red flag incident at Handley’s Corner on the second lap. Dunlop’s Supertwins lap record, set in 2018, remains unbeaten.

In the second Supersport race, Dunlop initially led Todd by 2.7 seconds at the Bungalow on lap one. Although his lead narrowed to just 0.9 seconds over Harrison by the end of the first lap, Dunlop extended his advantage on the second lap, achieving a remarkable lap speed of 129.07 mph.

“We fitted a new engine, worked hard during the week, and the bike was mint,” Dunlop commented. “I lost the front on the mountain on the first lap due to the wind, so I said, ‘let’s calm down, let’s take it easy.’ I knew where I was in the race.”

Jamie Coward finished fourth, with Peter Hickman marking his 50th TT start in fifth, and James Hillier in sixth.

Riding a Paton, Dunlop also dominated the Supertwins race from the outset, establishing a 6.4-second lead over Yamaha’s Peter Hickman by the end of the first lap, with Mike Browne on an Aprilia eight seconds behind. Dunlop was on record pace, lapping at 122.451 mph, when the race was halted near Creg Ny Baa.

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