Dunlop Completes Isle Of Man Hat Trick
ISLE OF MAN – Michael Dunlop completed a sensational hat-trick at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races fueled by Monster Energy on Monday afternoon when he won a record-breaking Royal London 360 Superstock race.
The Honda rider was trailing long-time race leader Gary Johnson going into the final lap but with a stunning new lap record of 131.220 mph, he was able to take his sixth TT win by 18.4 seconds.
Johnson had to ease his pace slightly on the final 37 and three-quarter miles when his Kawasaki suffered an oil leak but after two retirements from the two races thus far, he held on for a good second with John McGuinness completing the podium in third.
It was the Kawasaki’s of Johnson and James Hillier that led in the early stages, the former holding a one second advantage over the latter at Glen Helen on the first lap with McGuinness a further second back in third. Dunlop was a further .75-second adrift in fourth but by the end of the lap he’d worked his way up to second.
Johnson’s opening lap of 129.215 mph gave him a 4.8 second lead though and it was Guy Martin who was up into third, McGuinness down to fourth with Dean Harrison riding superbly in fifth. Hillier had slipped back to sixth with Bruce Anstey, Michael Rutter, Steve Mercer and William Dunlop completing the top 10. Local man Conor Cummins was an early retirement whilst Josh Brookes also pulled into the pits to make adjustments to his chain.
Lap two and Johnson continued to lead but the gap was slowly shrinking and when they came into the pits for their fuel stop, the difference was just 1.5 seconds, both riders lapping in excess of 129mph. Martin did the same as he held onto third from McGuinness, Harrison and Hillier but the Tyco Suzuki rider was hit by a 30 second speeding penalty as he left pit lane dropping him down the order.