BMW rider Michael Dunlop feels he made a step in the right direction with his S1000RR during final Superbike qualifying and the Dundrod 150 Superbike race on Thursday.
Dunlop finished third behind Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin and Kiwi Bruce Anstey on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda, 2.459 seconds behind the winner after five laps of the 7.4-mile Dundrod circuit.
The 25-year-old, who scored his second successive Isle of Man TT four-timer in June to boost his record of wins to 11, is getting to grips with the BMW for the first time at the Ulster Grand Prix.
It’s new ground for Dunlop, but following Thursday’s Superbike race he is hopeful his team is moving in the right direction.
“As per usual, I struggled to get the bike off the line,” Dunlop said.
“We made a few changes and we’re going in the right direction, but we’re not there with it yet.
“It’s a lot better than it was in practice, because we were filling the road everywhere,” added Dunlop, who is on pole for today’s Superstock race.
“But we’ll keep plugging away. The bike’s all right, but we just need a bit more. With a couple more changes for Saturday we’ll be a lot faster.”