Michael Dunlop secured his 11th TT title in style on Friday afternoon as he swept to his first Senior victory.
The 25-year-old won his fourth race of the week for the second year running by 14 seconds from Ramsey Rocket Conor Cummins. The Honda man coming home 9.671 seconds ahead of Tyco Suzuki man Guy Martin in the event’s Blue Riband race.
Michael’s brother William, who had lead the enthralling six-lap contest in its early stages, crashed out at the Graham Memorial on the Mountain on the third lap suffering a suspected broken leg. BMW-mounted Michael admitted that the incident had affected him: ‘My head went when I saw William had gone off. He means more to me than the race.’
After checking on William’s condition at his next pit stop, Michael took command again: ‘We weren’t here to blow engines, we were here to win. This means a lot to me as its my first Senior crown - it’s the one I wanted to get.’
On his way to victory Dunlop set a new lap record for the Senior of 131.668mph as he moved level on 11 TT wins with the likes of Steve Hislop and Phil McCallen.
A delighted Cummins said at the race’s conclusion: ‘I loved every second of that race. I got that hammer down from the off.’
Martin’s third-place, and 15th TT podium in total, was a popular result with the throngs at the Grandstand and the Kirmington man was quick to pay tribute to his fans: ‘Thanks for all the support - it’s mint.’
Just six days after setting a new outright lap record Bruce Anstey enjoyed a near race long-battle with James Hillier for fourth, the Kiwi eventually claiming the next spot in the pecking order.
Despite still struggling with the injured wrist that has plagued him throughout the week, John McGuinness came home an impressive sixth, just ahead of Josh Brookes, while Braddan’s Dan Kneen was eighth.
Star newcomer Peter Hickman set a new lap record for first timers of 129.104mph on his way to 11th.
John Ingram and Philip Crowe were reported off at Governor’s and Gooseneck respectively but both were reported as OK.
Newcomer Martin Jessopp also came off at Governor’s and was taken by ambulance to Noble’s hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.
Austrian Horst Saiger was conscious after an accident at Gardner’s Lane and taken to Noble’s with a leg injury.
Full report in Tuesday’s Examiner.