The Isle of Man TT schedule continues apace with two solo races scheduled on Monday for the Supersport and Superstock machines.
A less than favourable weather forecast for the Isle of Man could have an impact on the programme, but weather-permitting fans are in for a treat as road racing’s gladiators prepare for a hectic day of high-speed action.
Following his terrific triumph in Saturday’s Dainese Superbike race, Michael Dunlop is a rider on top form and will be going all out to repeat his two-wins-in-a-day feat from 2013.
The Ulsterman rides his MD Racing Honda in the first Monster Energy Supersport race (10.45am) before switching to his BMW S1000RR for the Royal London 360 Superstock event (2pm), with both races due to take place over four laps.
Last year, he set a new lap record for the class in race two of 128.666mph to edge out Bruce Anstey and later blitzed the Superstock lap record with a stunning 131.22mph on his final lap to deny Gary Johnson.
Tyco Suzuki’s William Dunlop has finished on the podium in the Supersport class at the TT but the 28-years-old craves his maiden success on the island and the 600cc races hold his best opportunity of a coveted win.
Dunlop finished sixth in the Superbike race and set his personal best TT lap of 130.239mph as he now switches his attention to the middleweight class this morning.
Reflecting on Saturday’s race, Dunlop – a Superbike winner at the North West 200 – said: “I wanted to relax today and let the race come to me but I relaxed a bit too much in those opening laps. When Conor [Cummins] came past I could run with him quite easily but made a little mistake into Parliament Square at Ramsey. I’m happy enough with sixth place as the bike worked well and I know there’s more to come in Friday’s Senior.”
Lincolnshire rider Johnson is a major contender in both races on the Smiths Triumph 675R and Lincs Lifting Kawasaki Superstock machine, with Kiwi Anstey also an obvious player.
He finished as the runner-up twice last year to Dunlop in the Supersport races and will be out to turn the tables, no doubt buoyed by his new outright lap record of 132mph set in the Superbike race.
Tyco Suzuki rider Guy Martin, plus Bournemouth’s James Hillier on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki and Dean Harrison (RC Express Racing Kawasaki, Mar-Train Yamaha) will also fancy their chances.
Conor Cummins (Jackson Racing Honda, RAF Reserves Honda) and Michael Rutter on the Bathams BMW and Smiths Triumph machines should also feature at the top end of the leaderboard.
Morecambe’s John McGuinness can’t be dismissed completely even though the 42-year-old is struggling with injury, with the shorter four-lap distance perhaps boosting his chances of challenging for the rostrum.
Milwaukee pair Josh Brookes and Ian Hutchinson, Keith Amor on the Rig Deluge Honda and Fermanagh’s Lee Johnston are other strong candidates in the Supersport class.