Dunlop on cloud nine after Superstock TT victory

Michael Dunlop on his way to victory in the RL360 Superstock TT

Michael Dunlop on his way to victory in the RL360 Superstock TT

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Michael Dunlop secured his ninth TT victory on Tuesday afternoon as he took the spoils in the delayed RL360 Superstock race.

On his own MD Racing BMW, 25-year-old Dunlop led from start to finish coming home 20.109 seconds ahead of Bradford’s Dean Harrison to claim his second win of the week.

Kawasaki-mounted Harrison was in turn 23.315 seconds ahead of outright lap record holder Bruce Anstey who claim the third and the final podium place.

In the winner’s enclosure Dunlop, who now draws level on nine TT wins with the likes of Anstey, David Jefferies and Charlie Williams, said: ‘I love this place - it’s so special. This is why I go racing.’

A delighted Harrison said he was ‘Over the moon,’ with second while Anstey added: ‘I had a bit of a moment on the run into Glen Helen on the third lap so decided to take it steady and bring the bike home safely.’

Aussie David Johnson claimed his best TT finish in fourth edging out Ramsey Rocket Conor Cummins for fourth. The latter’s hopes of a top-four finish hindered when his RAF Reserves Racing Honda took a while to restart at the second lap pit stop.

Lee Johnston also posted a best finish in sixth, with Michael Rutter seventh and Braddan’s Dan Kneen eighth.

Newcomer Peter Hickman’s impressive TT debut continued with a fantastic ninth place. John McGuinness rounded out the top 10.

Also finishing in the top 40 were Manxmen Gary Carswell in 30th and Ryan Kneen in 32nd.

Monday’s Supersport winner Gary Johnson was airmeded to Noble’s with fractures after coming off at Ramsey Hairpin on lap one. Guy Martin retired at Parliment Square on lap three.

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