TT2014: Michael Dunlop in landmark Superbike victory for BMW

Michael Dunlop celebrates his Superbike victory
Michael Dunlop celebrates his Superbike victory

Northern Ireland’s Michael Dunlop rose to the occasion to seal BMW’s first win in the blue riband class at the Isle of Man TT in 75 years on Saturday.

Dunlop powered to a win in the Dainese Superbike TT, held over six laps of the Mountain Course in glorious sunshine.

The 25-year-old blitzed the opposition to win by 20 seconds from Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin, with Manx rider Conor Cummins finishing in third place on the Honda Racing Fireblade.

Dunlop broke Morecambe rider John McGuinness’s 2013 outright lap record twice on his way to his eighth TT win, but it was New Zealand’s Bruce Anstey who became the first rider in history to record a 132mph lap on the iconic circuit.

Anstey made a slow start but regrouped to finish fourth, setting a new outright lap record at an astonishing 132.298mph on the sixth and final lap.

Bathams BMW rider Michael Rutter finished fifth with the top six completed by William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000.

McGuinness was unable to mount a challenge for the podium places as the 20-time TT winner finished in seventh place as he continues to struggle with a wrist injury.

More to follow later.