Dunlop wins TT Superbike race

Honda rider dominates six-lap Superbike race

MICHAEL Dunlop has won the six-lap Superbike race at the TT.

This was Dunlop's first win on the 'big bike', dominating from lap one with an opening lap of 130.842mph. Gary Johnson provided the early challenge to Dunlop but Johnson later retired having run out of fuel.

Guy Martin, John McGuinness, Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey were all in the running for podium finishes in the first three laps while Dunlop carved out a small lead.

At the end of lapfour, Dunlop had stretched his lead to 30-seconds over his team mate McGuinness but McGuinness was hit with a 1-minute penalty for speeding in pitlane, dropping him back to fourth place behind Guy Martin.

McGuinness piled on the pressure and went after the gap to Martin, taking a second off him at every sector. Meanwhile Dunlop could afford to ease off a touch on the last lap to bring the bike home. Of course, he didn't ease off and set his fastest ever lap of the Mountain Course on the last lap. The same can be said for Cameron Donald who fought a long and lonely race in second position but he too set his fastest lap on the last lap.

McGuinness closed the gap to Martin on the last lap, pushing harder than ever. The Morecambe Missile was determined to get back on the podium after losing position with his 1-minute penalty and his last lap of the Superbike race set a new lap record for the Mountain Course, 131.671mph, robbing Martin of the last step on the podium and making it a Honda 1-2-3.

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