Isle of Man TT 2016: Michael Dunlop wins Senior in record time
- Author: Jo Lloyd Jun 10, 2016,
Jun 10, 2016, 23:52
This year's event has seen two new records set, with Subaru smashing its previous best for cars and motorcyclist Michael Dunlop becoming the first man to cover the course in less than 17 minutes. The Supersport 2 TT podium was redemption for the nephew of the late Joey Dunlop, the Northern Irishman disqualified from the opening Supersport TT due to a non-malicious "technical infringement" for coated rocker arms.
He said in the winner's enclosure: "I'm really happy with the result today". Dunlop had ridden increasingly fast laps on successive practices throughout the week, achieving 112.85 miles per hour in the first practice and 115.43 miles per hour in second practice.
Dunlop could now glimpse Hutchinson on the roads that started 20 seconds ahead of him at No.4 and he hunted down the 36-year-old mercilessly, taking over to lead the way by the time they reached Ramsey Hairpin on the penultimate lap.
In the second race of the day, the 1000cc Superstock class the podium places didn't change much and all the three riders - Ian Hutchinson on his BMW S1000RR, Dean Harrison and James Hillier on their Kawasaki ZX-10Rs - maintained the same positions they had earlier in the day.
Hutchy tried all he knew but couldn’t stop the rampaging Dunlop
As for America's Mark Miller, the Yamaha R6 pilot finished 29th.
By lap three, Hutchinson's lead was up to 12 seconds, and almost 18 seconds over Dunlop for the win at an average of 126.968mph.
Last year Lee Johnston placed third for Victory Racing with a 111.620mph lap so William's 115.844mph is a considerable step forward.