TT 2015: Michael Dunlop ‘stiff and sore’ after Superbike crash

Michael Dunlop arrived at the Grandstand in an ambulance after crashing out of the RST Superbike TT
Michael Dunlop arrived at the Grandstand in an ambulance after crashing out of the RST Superbike TT

Michael Dunlop will hope he is fit enough to compete in Monday’s Isle of Man TT Superstock and Supersport events after dramatically crashing out of the RST Superbike race.

Dunlop had been holding third place on the Hawk Racing Buildbase BMW when he came off at the Nook on the final lap with the finish line almost in sight after tangling with a slower rider.

The 11-times TT winner was left battered and bruised, injuring his hip to leave a question mark over his participation. The other competitor involved – Scott Wilson – was taken to Nobles Hospital with a broken clavicle.

Dunlop, who sent shockwaves through the paddock last week after ditching the Milwaukee Yamaha R1 in favour of a return to BMW machinery, said: “I’m alright, stiff and sore but I’m okay.

“Bruce [Anstey] and I were together and Bruce passed the backmarker and we were only a mile from home so I didn’t bother, but he ran out of road and hit the bank and took me with him so there was nothing I could do. As long as he’s okay that’s all that matters.

“We weren’t too far behind at the end. I think we lost a bit of time in the pits with stuff so if we hadn’t done that I think we could have won the race from what I can gather so that’s alright as we haven’t had much time on the bike.

“The bike is very good, fair play to Stuart Hicken as he’s built these engines himself,” he added.

“Last year we had engines from the factory but we’ve not got that this year so thanks to Stuart and Steve. This would put us in a good position for the rest of the week if I wasn’t in so much pain. Now we’ll have to wait and see.”