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TT2014: Michael Dunlop clinches double with Superstock triumph

Michael Dunlop on the RL360 Superstock rostrum at the Isle of Man TT with runner-up Dean Harrison and Bruce Anstey

Michael Dunlop on the RL360 Superstock rostrum at the Isle of Man TT with runner-up Dean Harrison and Bruce Anstey

 

Michael Dunlop has bagged a double at the Isle of Man TT races to raise his tally of Mountain victories to nine after a dominant Superstock win on Tuesday.

It was the Northern Ireland’s rider second win of the week for BMW as he took the spoils on his own MD Racing S1000RR machine.

Dunlop also reigned in the Dainese Superbike TT on Saturday on the factory-backed BMW Motorrad racer.

Lincolnshire’s Gary Johnson, a winner in Monday’s Supersport race, crashed on lap one at Ramsey while holding second place.

Johnson was airlifted to Noble Hospital with suspected fractures but was reported as conscious at the scene.

The race had been postponed from Monday due to the weather and faced further delays a result of a road traffic accident in the morning, eventually starting at 1.45pm over four laps.

Dean Harrison from Bradford took second place on the RC Express Kawasaki, 20 seconds behind Dunlop, with New Zealand’s Bruce Anstey finishing in third place on the Valvoline Padgett’s Honda.

It was Dunlop’s third Superstock victory following his previous wins on a Kawasaki in 2011 and a Honda Fireblade last year.

The top six was rounded out by Aussie David Johnson, Manx rider Conor Cummins and Lee Johnston from Fermanagh, who achieved his best ever TT finish in sixth on the East Coast Honda.

Michael Rutter (Bathams BMW) and Dan Kneen from the Isle of Man (Cookstown BE Racing Suzuki) were the top eight, while newcomer Peter Hickman finished a superb ninth ahead of 20-time winner John McGuinness, who is suffering from a wrist injury.

 

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