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NW200: Michael Dunlop inside Superbike lap record

Michael Dunlop took pole for the North West 200 Superbike races on his BMW Motorrad S1000RR on Thursday

Michael Dunlop took pole for the North West 200 Superbike races on his BMW Motorrad S1000RR on Thursday

 

Michael Dunlop dipped inside Alastair Seeley’s Superbike lap record to clinch pole position for Saturday’s premier races at the Vauxhall International North West 200.

Dunlop left it late to blast around the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit on his BMW Motorrad S1000RR Superbike at 122.275mph to secure the top spot from Tuesday pacesetter Michael Rutter on the Bathams BMW, who lapped at 121.384mph.

Mar-Train Racing star Seeley, who had held the top spot for much of the final qualifying session, completes the front row in third place on his Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Seeley’s official lap record for the class, set in 2010, stands at 121.875mph.

It was an incredible effort by Dunlop, who also topped the time sheets on his MD Racing BMW for the Superstock class.

Tyco Suzuki pair Guy Martin and William Dunlop are on row two in fourth and fifth places respectively, followed by Bruce Anstey on the Valvoline Padgett’s Honda.

All three lapped at 121mph, with Conor Cummins in seventh position on row three also recording a lap at 121.108mph on the Honda Racing Fireblade.

Scotsman Stuart Easton - quickest through the speed trap at 201mph - was eighth on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ahead of Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW.

A number of top names including the injured John McGuinness, Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes and Ian Hutchinson plus Dean Harrison on the RC Express Kawasaki failed to break into the top ten.

 

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