Ballymoney’s Michael Dunlop has secured a treble at the Isle of Man TT races after a peerless ride to victory in Wednesday’s second Supersport race.
Dunlop has now won 10 times on the Mountain Course since he took his maiden success in the Supersport class in 2009.
The 25-year-old joins TT legends including Giacomo Agostini and Stanley Woods on 10 victories at the world famous motorcycle race and there could yet be more to come this week as the Ulster rider prepares for Friday’s Lightweight and Senior races.
Dunlop caught Bruce Anstey on the road to open a gap over the Kiwi of around nine seconds, which he then maintained throughout the final three laps to win by 10 seconds.
His older brother William made it two Northern Ireland riders on the rostrum as the Tyco Suzuki star finished in third place, a further 13.7 seconds behind.
Monday’s race winner Gary Johnson was missing from the line-up following his crash in the Superstock race on Tuesday, with his injuries including a broken collarbone.
Behind the top three, Dean Harrison finished fourth for Saintfield team Mar-Train Racing followed by Bournemouth’s James Hillier on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki and Scotland’s Keith Amor in sixth (Rig Deluge Honda).
Lee Johnston and Milwaukee Yamaha rider Josh Brookes were involved in an incident at Creg-ny-Baa on the fourth and final lap but both escaped unscathed.
Ian Hutchinson (Milwaukee Yamaha) and Conor Cummins on the Jackson Racing Honda were first lap retirements.
There was drama in the pits at the end of lap two when Grant Wagstaff’s machine caught fire and as a result, pit lane was closed until the incident was brought under control.
A number of riders lost time as they were forced to wait until pit-lane reopened when the situation was resolved, but it was later confirmed that they would receive a time credit to account for time lost.
The second Sidecar race and scheduled practice lap for the Senior TT was cancelled on Wednesday due to wet roads and mist on the Mountain section and will be rescheduled for Thursday, with times to be confirmed.