ISLE OF MAN – Carrying the colors of Great Britain, Michael Dunlop dominated the coveted Isle of Man Superbike TT Saturday, the premier event of the nine races around the 37.73 mile island course over the two weeks of practice and racing.
The Brit was the fastest qualifier, averaging 131.501 mph, and went on to average 128.415 mph over the six-lap route aboard the BMW of Hawk Racing, taking the win after 226.38 torturous miles on the island in the Irish sea off the coast of England.
Trailing by a just more than 20-seconds, third-fastest qualifier Guy Martin of Britain rode his Tyco Suzuki to the second place finish over seventh-starting Isle of Man entry Conor Cummins on a factory Honda.
Australian Bruce Anstey placed fourth aboard the Valvoline Racing Honda with BMW shod Michael Rutter of Britain bringing up fifth. The winner’s brother, William Dunlop, rode a Tyco Suzuki to sixth.
Multi-time Isle of Man champion John McGuinness, nursing a hand injury, completed the race in seventh on a factory Honda. Eighth through tenth went to Brits Dean Harrison, Kawasaki; James Hiller, Kawasaki and Ausie Joshua Brookes on a Yamaha.
Over the six-lap route, each rider made two pit stops for fuel and fresh tear-offs from a three-man crew while an inspector scrutinized and checked the two-wheeled missile during the roughly 45-second stop. The electronic speed board indicates that the fastest bikes are traveling at 175 mph in front of the grandstands, not the fastest portion of the course that also winds it’s way through small hamlets that encircles the island.
Fifty-four competitors from 12 countries started the Isle of Man Superbike TT.