Southern 100: Michael Dunlop crashes out of feature race

Michael Dunlop (MD Racing BMW) leads Ivan Lintin (RC Express Kawasaki) at the Southern 100
Michael Dunlop (MD Racing BMW) leads Ivan Lintin (RC Express Kawasaki) at the Southern 100

Michael Dunlop’s Southern 100 ended on a sour note as the Ulster rider came off during the Solo Championship race.

Dunlop, who still hadn’t fully recovered from the injuries he sustained in a crash at the Isle of Man TT, slid off at Ballabeg corner while holding third place.

He was struck by Ivan Lintin and was taken to hospital but is understood to have escaped with bad bruising.

It was a bitter blow for Dunlop, who had earlier returned to winning ways with a last-gasp victory in the Corlett’s Trophies 600/1000 race.

The 11-times TT winner was locked in battle with Tyco BMW’s Guy Martin on the final two laps after the pair finally broke the challenge of Dan Kneen on the Valvoline Padgett’s Honda, who was in contention throughout before losing ground, eventually falling into the clutches of Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Yamaha.

Dunlop set a new lap record for the race at 113.512mph to close onto Martin’s rear wheel on the penultimate lap and although Martin led into the final corner, the Ballymoney man squeezed past on the line to win by eight hundredths of a second. Harrison finished third ahead of Kneen.

“To win around here on a Superstock bike is pretty cool,” said Dunlop, who was riding a new 2015 BMW S1000RR for the first time.

“I’m still not up to strength yet but the bike is working really well and between the Motorrad boys, my own team and Stuart Hicken’s Buildbase team we’ve put a good package together.”