Michael Dunlop became the first rider in history to clinch back-to-back four-timers at the Isle of Man TT as he lifted the Senior trophy for the first time on Friday.
The Ballymoney rider took victory by 14 seconds from Manx rider Honda’s Conor Cummins after six gruelling laps with Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin sealing the final rostrum place.
Michael’s immediate concern after the race was for his brother William, who crashed on lap three at Graham Memorial. The Tyco Suzuki rider had been holding second place at the end of lap two before the incident on the Mountain.
Dunlop was airlifted to Nobles Hospital with a suspected broken leg but was reported to be conscious.
The crash took the shine off Michael’s terrific win, which has put him level with Steve Hislop and Phillip McCallen on 11 Isle of Man TT triumphs.
The 25-year-old also won the Superbike, Superstock and second Supersport races during an incredible week, claiming three victories for German manufacturer BMW.
Behind the top three in the Senior race, Bruce Anstey finished fourth on the Valvoline Padgett’s Honda with James Hillier (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) and John McGuinness (Honda Racing) completing the top six.
Dunlop set a new lap record for the Senior race of 131.668mph on lap two.
Newcomer Peter Hickman took over from Josh Brookes as the fastest rookie to compete at the event with a lap of 129.104mph as he finished 13th on the Ice Valley BMW.