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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

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