DUNLOP WILL BE BACK FOR SENIOR
In what was shaping up to be a fairytale debut for Michael Dunlop and the new Bennetts Suzuki, the 28-year-old was forced to sit and watch arch rival Ian Hutchinson take the opening Superbike win.
Although bitterly disappointed by the demise of his Bennett’s Suzuki when he was leading the Superbike TT, there were plenty of positives for Michael Dunlop to take from the race after the mechanical failure forced the Ballymoney man to retire at Handley’s Bend on lap two.
Dunlop had already set the fastest practice time of the week when he broke through the 131mph barrier. And his opening 131.135mph standing start lap was the fastest of the six-lap race. Ian Hutchinson’s Tyco BMW boss, Philip Neill, admitted it was Dunlop who posed the greatest threat for Friday’s Senior race.
“Michael Dunlop was the man with the pace today,” Neill said. “Hutchy knows that too and it will make Friday’s Senior very interesting.”
‘Friday’s Senior TT will be very interesting’ PHILIP NEILL, TYCO TEAM BOSS