The Senior TT looks like a two-horse contest

Can Michael Dunlop repeat his Superbike victory in Friday's Senior TT? (Photo: Mike Wade)

Can Michael Dunlop repeat his Superbike victory in Friday's Senior TT? (Photo: Mike Wade)

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It’s difficult to look past Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop as the likely favourites for today, Friday’s, PokerStars Senior TT.

The pair have been on blistering form throughout the fortnight, with Dunlop blitzing the Superbike event last Saturday and Hutchinson the dominant force thereafter.

Hutchy won the Superstock race on his Tyco BMW at a speed almost as fast as Dunlop’s in the earlier event.

And the Yorkshireman went quicker still in a single lap of qualifying for the Senior on Wednesday with a speed of 133.15mph. It really could go either way, but Dunlop just might be hungrier over the full six laps.

The Kawasaki trio of James Hillier, Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman are likely to contest the final spot on the podium in a straight head-to-head with the Hondas of John McGuinness and home favourite Conor Cummins.

The race starts at 2pm, preceded by the second Sidecar event at midday in which Manxmen Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle will be anxious to make up for earlier disappointments

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