Michael Dunlop

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Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop in 2012 cropped.jpg
Dunlop signing autographs at the 2012 TT
Nationality Northern Irish
Born (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 27)
Current team Buildbase BMW & MD Racing
Bike number 6
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 8 (2007–present)
TT wins 13
First TT win 2009 Supersport Junior TT Race 2
Last TT win 2016 Senior TT
Podiums 19

Michael Dunlop (born 10 April 1989) is a Northern Irish professional motorcycle racer. Part of a motorcycle racing dynasty,[1] Michael is the brother of William, son of the late Robert and nephew of former World Champion the late Joey Dunlop.

He is the current solo-machine lap record holder for the Snaefell Mountain Course set during the 2016 Senior TT in a time of 16 minutes 53.929 seconds at an average speed of 133.962 mph (215.591 km/h).[2] Dunlop was the first rider in the history of the Isle of Man TT to achieve a lap of the course in under 17 minutes.[3]

Widely regarded as one of the most tenacious competitors in motorcycle racing,[4] Dunlop's aggressive style and pugnacious attitude has led to confrontation with organisers, race teams,[5] fellow competitors and even on occasion, his brother William.[6]

Dunlop leading Guy Martin at Southern 100 road races in Isle of Man during 2012

Early racing[edit]

Dunlop on the Formula 1 Suzuki machine for the Classic TT race at 2013 Manx Grand Prix

He made his TT debut in 2007, where his best finish was 25th in the Superbike TT. He made the decision to ride in the 2008 races at the last minute after the death of his father at the North West 200 earlier in the year. He finished 10th in the Senior TT with a fastest lap of 124.773 mph, making him the fastest Dunlop around the TT Course. Dunlop joined his father and uncle Joey in the record books in 2009 when he won the Supersport TT race on a 600cc Yamaha.[7]

2015[edit]

At the start of the 2015 Road Racing season, Dunlop had a poor start with race team Milwaukee Yamaha, and during the practice week of the 2015 Isle of Man TT, he dramatically left Yamaha to rejoin his previous team, BuildBase BMW, in order to give him the best chance of a good result.

Dunlop has also won at the North West 200, recording his only victory to date at the 250 cc race in 2008. His father was killed during practice for this event.

Dunlop took part in the Classic Superbike race at the Manx GP on Friday 31 August.[8] He took the win in the Classic Superbike race at the Manx Grand Prix 2012. This was his sixth title on the Mountain Course and his third Manx Grand Prix race win following his debut, and victory, in the 2006 Newcomers MGP race.[9] During the two-week 2012 Manx GP Dunlop worked in the pits for a team in the 600 Junior Race.

2016[edit]

In February 2016, it was announced that Dunlop would again ride BMW in the Superbike class at International road races during the 2016 racing season, provided by Hawk Racing.[10] The announcement was made at the MCN Motorshow at the Excel, confirming that Dunlop will be riding the 2016 BMW S1000RR.

Isle of Man TT[edit]

Dunlop opened his account at the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races in the Superbike race, which he led from start to finish. Astride a BMW S1000RR, Dunlop bettered the existing absolute course speed record attained during one-lap, also setting a new average speed for the six lap race of 130.306mph in a race-record time of 1 hour, 44 minutes, 14.259 seconds for the 226 miles of racing.[11]In addition Dunlop also won the prestigious John Williams Trophy.

Dunlop's second race of the week was the Supersport Junior 600 TT, race 1. The opening lap saw him dicing at the head of the field with Ian Hutchinson. By the end of the four-lap race, Dunlop finished in second place behind Hutchinson. Following routine post-race inspection of the machines, Dunlop's bike was deemed to have infringed race regulations with non-standard parts,[12] and he was subsequently disqualified. Dunlop returned to the start line for the second race of 6 June, the Superstock TT on a 1000 cc BMW. However, handling difficulties contributed to him retiring from the race at the end of the opening lap.

In the second of the two Supersport Junior races, Dunlop finished second to Hutchinson. For the last race of Dunlop's schedule on Friday 10 June, he led the six-lap Senior TT from lap one, extending his lead over runner-up Ian Hutchinson, winning with a 31-second margin, raising his own absolute lap record speed previously set on Saturday, 4 June by a small amount, and setting a new race record time.[13]

Complete TT record[edit]

2016 Superbike TT
1
Supersport Junior TT 1
DSQ
Superstock TT
DNF
Supersport Junior TT 2
2
Senior TT
1
2015 Superbike TT
DNF
Supersport TT
DNF
Superstock TT
2
Supersport TT 2
DNF
Lightweight TT
DNF
Senior TT
5
2014 Superbike TT
1
Supersport TT
3
Superstock TT
1
Supersport TT 2
1
Lightweight TT
DNS
Senior TT
1
2013 Superbike TT
1
Supersport TT
1
Superstock TT
1
Supersport TT 2
1
Senior TT
2
500cc Classic TT
7
Classic TT
Formula 1

1
2012 Superbike TT
10
Supersport TT
DNF
Superstock TT
2
Supersport TT 2
1
Lightweight TT
15
Senior TT
Cancelled
2011 Superbike TT
5
Supersport TT 1
DNF
Superstock TT
1
Supersport TT 2
DNF
Senior TT
6
2010 Superstock TT
8
Supersport TT 1
3
Supersport TT 2
2
Superbike TT
2
Senior TT
DNF
2009 Lightweight 250 TT 1
2
Lightweight 250 TT 2
2
Superstock TT
DNF
Supersport TT 1
DNF
Supersport TT 2
1
Superbike TT
DNF
Senior TT
DNF
2008 Lightweight 250 TT
DNF
Superstock TT
DNF
Supersport Junior TT 1
10
Supersport Junior TT 2
8
Superbike TT
14
Senior TT
10
2007 Supersport TT
DNF
Superbike TT
25
Senior TT
DNF

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • [3] Manx 2012
  • [4] MGP 2012 CS race.

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