Michael Dunlop claimed his eighth TT win in an astonishing Dainese Superbike Race this morning.
The outright lap record was broken three times, twice to the blistering Dunlop and once to fourth-place Bruce Anstey who produced a staggering last lap of 132.298mph (17 minutes 6.682 seconds) to set the new standard round the Mountain Course.
Dunlop claimed BMW’s first TT big bike win in 75 years by just over 20 seconds from Guy Martin, a podium finisher for the first time since 2011, while third, and a further 2.9 seconds behind Tyco Suzuki man Martin, was Ramsey’s Conor Cummins on his works Honda.
After the race Dunlop said: ‘The BMW worked beautifully, but there were a few wee problems over the lap two laps and I had to nurse the bike home.’
Worryingly for his rivals, the Ballymoney man then revealed: ‘I think I can make a few more changes to the bike and make it a bit quicker.’
Martin was chuffed with runners up spot saying: ‘Fair play to Michael, he’s riding bloody well.’
Local favourite Cummins was also pleased with his result after making a slow start to the six-lap race to claim his fifth TT podium: ‘I’m happy as Larry. My first board said I was ‘P9’ so I thought I better get my finger out! I had to dig deep.’
Anstey’s late charge secured him fourth from Michael Rutter, William Dunlop and John McGuinness in seventh. Dean Harrison, James Hillier and Josh Brookes completed the top 10 with Braddan’s Dan Kneen 11th. Newcomer Peter Hickman produced a very impressive debut performance to claim 14th.
Racing continues at 2pm with the week’s first three-lap Sure sidecar race.
Full report in TT News out on Mad Sunday.