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Dunlop adds to record TT tally with two more wins

Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop completed his third Supersport TT treble in three years [Pacemaker]

Michael Dunlop added to his record tally of wins at the Isle of Man TT by securing victory in Saturday's second Supersport and Supertwins races of the week.

Dunlop's successes took his total number of victories at the event to 29 and completed the fourth four-timer of his career.

The 35-year-old has now won a remarkable 13 Supersport races, including three successive doubles on his Yamaha R6, and five Twins races.

Dunlop equalled his uncle Joey's record of wins by winning last Saturday's Supersport opener and moved ahead in terms of all-time race triumphs by taking a Supertwins success on Wednesday.

The Ballymoney rider will compete in the Senior race later in the day, affording him the opportunity to equal Ian Hutchinson's record of five wins in a week from 14 years ago.

Dunlop won the Supersport race by 3.88 seconds from Honda Racing rider Dean Harrison, with Superstock race winner Davey Todd a further 2.3 seconds adrift on his Ducati V2.

The race was run over two laps rather than the initially scheduled four because of weather delays during the week and started two and a half hours late on Saturday at 13:00 BST because of damp patches on the course.

He followed that up with first place in the Supertwins, with the results taken from the end of lap one after the race was red-flagged on the second and final lap.

Dunlop had finished ahead of Todd and Harrison in the opening Supersport outing and immediately imposed his authority in the second middleweight race as he led Todd by 2.7 seconds at the Bungalow on lap one.

He had just 0.9 seconds to spare over Harrison however by the end of the opening circuit, but responded and gradually extended his advantage on the second lap.

Dunlop put in a scintillating lap speed of 129.07mph to ensure victory.

"We fitted a new engine, worked hard during the week and the bike was mint," said Dunlop.

"I lost the front on the mountain on the first lap, I think the wind went for me so I said 'let's calm down, let's take it easy'. I knew where I was in the race."

Jamie Coward was fourth in the race, with Peter Hickman fifth on his 50th TT start and James Hillier sixth.

Paton-mounted Dunlop also took control of the Supertwins race from the start, building a lead of 6.4 seconds over Yamaha rider Peter Hickman by the end of lap one, with Mike Browne on an Aprilia an additional eight seconds behind.

Having lapped at 122.451, the County Antrim man increased his lead and was on record pace when the race was halted as he approached Creg Ny Baa.